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  • Online course in Energy for Sustainable Development | GVEP International
    Energy for Sustainable Development E4SD The E4SD initiative is collaboratively run by the IIIEE UNDP UNEP and the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development GNESD and its central aim is to provide deeper knowledge of energy s relationship to sustainable development in the developing world The next course session is scheduled from 18 January 12 March 2010 and the application deadline for this session is 4 January 2010 More

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  • Innovative green energy ideas in Chile, Peru, and Colombia receive awards | GVEP International
    which will receive additional technical assistance from GTZ They will receive a total of US 2 million to assist in the implementation and development of their proposals In recognition of their winning ideas several awards were presented to the project developers during the last week 14th to 20th November Many of the winning projects are focused on delivering clean affordable energy to rural populations in the region Poligrow based in Colombia will be running a project that creates green energy from plant oils and provides power to the isolated town of Mapiripan It is anticipated that the realization of the projects aims will result in the towns electricity supply increasing from 7 hours to 24 hours a day and will provide badly needed employment for local farmers Procellantas also Colombian will obtain fuels from recycling old tyres using microwave technology The tyres which otherwise simply block up landfill sites will be 100 recycled to produce liquid and gas energy Aprotec Colombia will adapt river turbines to use the slow moving waters of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers providing power to isolated communities in Colombia Peru and Ecuador Listen to an interview with Diana De La Vega GVEP International s Colombian Country Manager In Peru the Innovation and Development Centre of the Catholic University will design test and market high efficiency waterwheels to provide power to poor communities in remote areas Other Peruvian projects include The Centre for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in the National Engineering University which will use renewable energy to encourage productive uses medicinal plants wheat cheese fruits and tourist infrastructure in isolated villages in the Andes Winners working with solar power include the Sol Rural Project which will use microfinance to create commercial solar franchises in Argentina and Peru and the Technical University of Federico Santa

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  • GVEP International and ennovent launch Global Energy Challenge | GVEP International
    for profit solutions that can meet some of the critical energy needs of India s poor ennovent will invest up to USD 500 000 in the Solver to incubate or scale the winning enterprise in India ennovent will also offer a reward of USD 3 000 to the Connector who nominates the winning enterprise Inadequate access to energy is part of the poverty trap for the majority of India s poor Dirty and unsafe energy sources such as kerosene and firewood lead to health hazards and take time away from productive livelihood activities Access to clean reliable and affordable energy has long been recognised as critical to ending poverty Poor people can and will pay for energy services and innovative market based solutions have the potential to make a huge difference to people s lives says Simon Collings Chief Operation Officer at GVEP I Earning around USD 3 or less a day poor people in most cases cannot afford clean and safe sources of energy Despite massive investment by the Government of India in expanding access to electricity many communities are still in need of services especially those in remote areas The private sector is already playing a key role

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  • Briquettes may prove a sustainable source of fuel in rural Kenya | GVEP International
    diversify into a briquette business The briquettes similar in appearance to regular charcoal are made from clay water and the small pieces of charcoal which are normally considered unusable and would have previously been considered waste Now a small group of entrepreneurs in Rongo are proving that there is a very healthy market for this alternative fuel with locals queuing up to buy bags of the briquettes which could potentially sell for far less than the charcoal from which they are made The possibility for the wide spread use of briquettes is a strong one the current use of charcoal and firewood is contributing to wide scale deforestation in Kenya and due to the transportation costs charcoal is generally expensive Although the making of briquettes relies on the production of charcoal it is still a cheap and ingenious use of a potential fuel that would otherwise go to waste In the short term briquettes made from charcoal dust provide an efficient use of the wasted resources and is competitive in price as well as usage These entrepreneurs are also looking into carbonising the bagasse waste from sugar cane a locally abundant resource that would cut out the importing of charcoal

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  • Caribbean social networking idea wins energy efficiency award | GVEP International
    to reduce electricity use has been announced as one of the first winners of the prestigious IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest Called Welectricity the application will allow users to post energy saving solutions and messages photographs and videos describing the ways in which they save energy picture copyright Welectricity Inc Nadia Huggins Adjusting human behaviour is a quick free and efficient way of reducing energy use and reducing power consumption will also relieve the pressure many feel in paying for energy Welectricity will be developed by engineer Herbert Samuel whose consultancy Green Island Inc was founded to promote renewable energy energy efficiency and sustainability in the Caribbean Welectricty s innovation has been to recognise the powerful and fundamental ways that behaviour affects energy efficiency outcomes says Samuel It is specifically designed to reduce electricity consumption without affecting lifestyle According to Sarah Adams CEO of competition co sponsor Global Village Energy Partnership by encouraging energy efficiency in small island states where electricity generation and distribution costs are comparatively high this project will help to reduce overall energy consumption which in the Caribbean is overwhelmingly focused on fossil fuels and avoid new investments in unsustainable energy generation plants Each of the 25 winning

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  • Bringing Low-Cost Solar to the World’s Poor | GVEP International
    have been trying to bring electricity to the world s poorest and most isolated regions through large scale projects A small start up company headquartered in the Republic of Mauritius off the southeastern coast of Africa is pursuing what it considers a different tack a market based approach employing local villagers selling rudimentary solar panels and focusing on small scale personal electricity use ToughStuff a GVEP International partner was founded

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  • Call for projects - Marketplace on innovative financial solutions for development 2010 | GVEP International
    for development 2010 Posted by Laure Ego 27 Oct 2009 The Development French Agency AFD the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank will co host an international Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development 2010 MIF to be held in Paris on March 4 5 2010 The 2010 MIF will be dedicated to smart fine tuned innovative financial mechanisms for mobilizing channeling and spending funds for development issues A key feature of the 2010 MIF will be a competition to garner and highlight fresh ideas on how innovative financing mechanisms can be used to solve development challenges at the local country regional or global levels with the goal that successful innovations can be scaled up and replicated The winners will be awarded pilot grants of up to US 100 000 to assist them in the implementation of their proposals Proposals are welcomed from all organizations involved in innovative finance focused on development including financial institutions private sector companies social enterprises non governmental and civil society organizations government agencies universities and other academic organizations foundations and development organizations Guidelines and application forms can be accessed on the 2010 MIF website www fininnov org Proposals must be submitted by November

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  • Cast your votes now for finalists for World Challenge 2009 | GVEP International
    09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level World Challenge 2009 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek in association with Shell and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference Some of the finalists addressing household energy initiatives are India Solar Sisters These Barefoot Solar Engineers are bringing solar power to Africa s countryside lighting up the bush Vote at http www theworldchallenge co uk 2009 finalists project01 php Kenya Fuel Cell A prison in Kenya is using inmate s waste to power the kitchens and heating reducing energy costs and improving the health of the prisoners Vote at http www theworldchallenge co uk 2009 finalists project03 php The Democratic Republic of Congo Jiko Rescue The endangered Mountain Gorilla population is getting a helping hand from a fuel efficient Jiko stove Vote at http www theworldchallenge co uk 2009 finalists project04 php Sri Lanka A bright idea One man s mission to stop the horrific and totally avoidable injuries caused by unsafe kerosene lamps in Sri Lanka Vote at http www theworldchallenge

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