How far can you get in an electric milk float only powered by renewable energy? Well Tim, Thom and Trevor, stars of Channels Four’s current documentary series ‘Three Hungry Boys’, are taking a trip to find out just that - and they’ve been shedding light on some interesting clean energy projects in the process.
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Two reports released recently outline the scale and diversity of renewable energy spending worldwide in 2010. This is only over a 1 year period, but still provides an interesting snapshot of where we are. The first, UNEP’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment, shows around $211bn invested in renewable energy and fuel last year, $48bn of which was in China alone.
ToughStuff International is delivering energy to those who need it most. Its target market? The 1.4 billion people across the globe who currently have no access to electricity. In Kenya, where our judges visited earlier this year, 20% of people’s annual income goes on costs to charge mobile phones, buy radio batteries and kerosene for lighting. The small Toughstuff solar panel is a solution that has already saved over 740,000 people $2 million a year. The solar pv panel can be bought with connectors for different appliances and has been built to last - their tests have included chucking it from six story buildings and driving over it with a land rover!
ToughStuff won an Ashden Award this year, not just because of the life-changing impact their products are making on lives across Africa, but because their ambition and business model are outstanding and set to reach millions in the next couple of years.
In many countries, kerosene prices keep on rising. In April alone Nairobi in Kenya saw a 4.4% jump in price. For many poorer people, who rely on kerosene for light and heat, this makes a huge difference, and protests over fuel prices show the anger and despair felt by many.
Over the past couple of weeks I've been installing my own off-grid solar PV system at home. Because it's not getting the Feed In Tariff (FIT), there was no need to get an approved installer, so a friend with roofing experience came to help me put the panels on the roof, and I did all the electrical work myself. There's a total of 280W of PV, combined with a 180Ah lead acid battery, a MPPT charge contoller and an inverter.