Solar Lamps, Solar walkways, Solar Cities

by Christine Sine

I am a huge fan of solar energy though I realize that it too, like all forms of energy has its problems so I am always looking out for new and innovative ways to use it.  So  this morning I thought I would share some that I have come across recently.

Kerosene fumes in huts kill 1.5 million people each year in Africa.  Indoor fires can be even more devastating exposing mainly women and children to pollution that is equivalent to smoking 2 -3 packets of cigarettes a day.

Now D Light Design, the developers of a solar lamp that aims to replace kerosene-burning lights in developing countries have very deservedly won a prestigious environmental award.  D Light Design says its lanterns, which sell for $10-45 (£7-30), contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions. Read the story here

And I loved this story on how to make your own solar powered walkway too.  Though as the author mentions there is a downside to having a glowing path in front of your house and visible from the street:

it seems to draw in weirdos like moths to a flame. I have on two separate occasions gone out of my garage for a smoke and caught someone on the path–one guy was just standing there staring, and one lady (who was in her forties and clearly on LSD or maybe extasy) was hopping from brick to brick. On the other hand, everyone oohs and aahs over it when they come to visit and I like walking on it, so on the whole it’s a good thing.  Read the article here

And last but not least for those who are interested in the greening of the city – here is a video about the most ambitious and most expensive project of all – Masdar City.  A lot of people are very sceptical about whether or not it will ever be completed but I think that it is a fascinating project which combines modern technology and ancient traditions.

Masdar is a planned city in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. It is an initiative by the Government of Abu Dhabi through Mubadala Development Company. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, the city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology. The city is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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