Energy

Solar Lighting Improvements

Class-Research-Fieldwork: 
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Reviewed
A solar lighting system is a green alternative to grid electricity for lighting a house. At AVANI, solar lighting systems are locally made for people around the area to also provide job opportunities for people as solar technicians. D-Lab students designed a new circuit to reduce the price and increase the lanterns' efficiency.
Uttrakhand

Briquette Work Station

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Reviewed
A process was developed, using D-Lab charcoal presses, to make charcoal production faster and more ergonomic by allowing several people to work simultaneously on the different steps of the briquette-making process while standing comfortably at a work table.
Lusaka

Bicycle-Powered Cell Phone Charger

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D-Lab students worked in Calcutta with visiting Tanzanian inventor Bernard Kiwia on his design for a pedal-powered cell phone charger made out of bicycle parts. Rubber parts and molds were made in Mr. Maulick's workshop. The charger is now being manufactured and sold by a social enterprise called Global Cycle Solutions in Tanzania.
Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

Educational Workshops at a Boys Shelter

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D-Lab students worked with the Society for Educational & Environmental Development to teach educational workshops at a boys shelter in a slum area of Calcutta. Activities adapted from the MIT Edgerton Center included building flashlights and making quizboards, which were used as learning aids for practicing vocabulary.
Kolkata (Calcutta) in West Bengal

New Longoro-Hastings Educational Partnership

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D-Lab has facilitated an educational exchange between Hastings Elementary School in Lexington and the primary and secondary schools in New Longoro and Dwere since 2008. Students taught lessons about electricity and wind energy to grades K-12 using pinwheels, kites, quiz boards and generators.
New Longoro & Dwere

Technology Background Research

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An important component of the Technology Evaluation project will be a website that presents product information and testing results as a public resource. The initial list of existing technologies to test includes over 100 products, and background research was conducted on each product to determine its status, cost, and availability.
D-Lab

Green Grease

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The Green Grease Project creates strategies for utilizing waste vegetable oil as fuel in Sao Paulo waste picker cooperatives. The solution combines a vehicle conversion technique designed to fit the needs of waste picker cooperatives with an implementation plan that extends into nine Brazilian cities.
Sao Paulo

Portable Solar Battery Charger

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In many rural communities, batteries are expensive and are burned after use. D-Lab students conducted field surveys with individuals and shop owners to gauge interest in a portable solar battery charger developed by Haddock Inventions that can help protect the environment while creating income generating opportunities.
New Longoro, Brong Ahafo

Powertrike

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Students worked with the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) to modify their tricycle wheelchair to be able to have a power assist. This design would allow users who need to travel long distances a means of having the ability to move more quickly and not have to rely solely upon their body power.

Mud-Brick Charcoal Kiln

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Reviewed
Making charcoal from agricultural waste is a signature D-Lab project, particularly because of its combination of health, economic, and environmental benefits. In Zambia, we are testing a new brick kiln that can be cheaper, more accessible and more durable than the oil drum kiln method.
Chapata

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