We have been working in developing countries on and off for the last 15 years or so and have seen a lot of development but also seen a lot of maintenance of the status quo. One of the major issues is access to electricity, for example in South Africa we saw villagers with mobile phones but nowhere to charge them, we see villages that are energy poor with the result that eyesight fails and lungs fail. We see access to electricity as being essential as an enabler to clean drinking water, maintenance of fresh meats and food, communications and education. So it has health, development and quality of life issues.
We are developing a "Social Business" to develop, manufacture, distribute and install a range of small end generators. The Social Business concept means that the company structure turns the profits (after costs and salaries) back into the company to grow the company.
The mission of the company is to develop and distribute micro generators (such as the first concept above) that use reusable energy as their prime motivator. The elements of the micro generators would be:
a. Modular and integrated (each micro generator can be connected to each other so that they can be "banked"
b. Micro generators to be made from recycled/reused material where possible (have discussed this with some possible suppliers)
c. Micro generators generate electricity from scavenging surplus energy from the natural and man made environment: rain, tide, river current, wind, smoke, and biomass.
d. The power generation components of: generator, rectifier, and batteries shall be standard with the point of difference being the energy conversion module.
The power is to be stored in batteries at the individual family unit level or be able to be stored in a central power collection/distribution hub. We see this as being a possible source of revenue as well with a central charging station for family batteries.
The intention is to also provide a turnkey solution to small to medium size power generation solutions.
So this is the concept and objective. We are looking for partners to be able to work with to enable this project to get off the ground. A workable design is certainly a key part of it and we have been working with a leading group of industrial designers to ensure that our products are robust and fit for use.
The intent is that it is not charity, it is a viable business that pays for itself (maybe with some grants from government) with profits being turned back into the company in order to keep the micro generators economically viable.