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Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) Partners with Ayllu to Create an Online Map of Off-Grid Solutions for Energy
Saturday, May. 21, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, 2011 -- The Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) at Santa Clara University has partnered with social-enterprise information company Ayllu to create a new Energy Map website. The site provides detailed graphs and analyses of 40 social enterprises in 16 countries that are overcoming vast hurdles in their respective markets to bring electricity or alternative fuel to 500 to 500,000 people apiece.
Visitors to the Energy Map (www.energymap-scu.org) can get an overview of the types of distribution systems, business models, technologies and product designs being employed, as well as detailed financial and business model profiles of the companies currently succeeding in bringing electricity and clean fuel to these communities around the world.
An estimated 1.4 billion people live in areas of the world so remote that no major electricity grid projects are expected to come their way for years. Three billion must cook with polluting, unhealthy stoves or over open fires.
“Every country presents unique challenges, resources and cultural issues for those seeking to bring energy into remote regions,” said Jim Koch, director of CSTS’s Global Social Benefit Incubator. “This site provides knowledge about how social enterprises are overcoming these problems, how they are getting funding and finding resources – in short, how they’re succeeding.”
Each of the energy companies on the Map has a proven solution, and has either won a Tech Award from the Silicon Valley-based Tech Museum or has gone through SCU’s competitive eight-month-long Global Social Benefit Incubator, a capacity- and skill-building program offered by CSTS for the past nine years.
The 40 enterprises included in the map serve several million customers, and are a strong representative sample of what’s working in the world today: a company in India that’s turning discarded rice husks into affordable electricity for villagers; a Nicaraguan company that trains workers to build and maintain hybrid energy plants; a Nigerian company that turns cow slaughterhouse waste into electricity.
A May 23event at 5 p.m. at Santa Clara University’s Lucas Hall, Forbes Family Conference Center, will feature an unveiling of the map as well as commentary on the various solutions and business models that are emerging as solutions around the world. The public is invited to attend or to find out more by contacting Erin Berkenmeier at 408-551-6048 or EBerkenmeier@scu.edu. Media interested in attending may contact Deborah Lohse, SCU Media Relations, at 408-554-5121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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