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Many Micro Finance Institutes (MFI) today finance solar energy projects. These are mostly small, solar-powered lamps, for which MFI customers receive...

As everywhere in Africa, the illiteracy rate in Ethiopia is much higher for women (75%) than for men (47%). Gebeyanesh Nadew, chairwoman of the...

On-grid solar energy struggled for many years with the image of being too expensive and not powerful enough. Only recently has the realization become...

31.07.2011 , Christian Schmidt

Five watts are enough - Solar laptops

The new generation of solar-capable laptops and desktop computers require barely more energy than a flashlight. That is quite convincing, but...

31.07.2011 , York Ditfurth

When breathing becomes deadly

They are sold a million times over. They break down a million times over. They endanger people, animals, and the environment a million times over:...

Sony introduced onto the market a new and improved version of its DVD player DVP-FX950 in summer 2010. As a great improvement, the machine now has LED...

31.07.2011 , Marion Elmer

Microfinancing – friend or foe?

Ever since Yunus Muhammad called microcredits to life in 1976, it has become a widespread tool for rural development throughout the world. Despite...

In rural regions not linked to an electricity network, cooling of foodstuffs, medication, and vaccines is an urgent problem. Until now, kerosene...

30.04.2011 , Ursi Schachenmann

Earth, water, air, and shade

Open the door and take a cool drink out of the refrigerator. An entirely automatic action for the one, and entirely unknown for the other. The cooling...

30.04.2011 , Christian Schmidt

Hybrid into the future

Hybrid systems are a reliable means for supplying people in remote areas with energy: the combination of several energy sources allows for greater...

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