02 Jan '12, 12pm

Solar-Powered Computers for Rural Africans: UK-based NGO Computer Aid has developed an innovative recylced, sola...

Isolated villages in rural Africa lack many of the trappings of modern life: electricity, telephones, and, often, even decent roads. This isolation retards development and keeps the poor poor, by separating them from trade. Another thing that rural Africans usually lack, of course, is computing. That might sound like an odd thing to prioritise when there’s a shortage of electricity or medical supplies. But access to the internet can be vital for development, providing farmers with access to information on the prices their goods can fetch, and aiding education. At least, that’s what the UK-based NGO Computer Aid believes. And it’s tackling the problem with an innovative recycled, solar-powered computing station it calls the ZubaBox . Named for the word for ‘sun’ (Zuba) in the African language Nyanja, the ZubaBox is a shipping container containing refurbished computers — don...

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2012 Solar Expectations

2012 Solar Expectations

cleantechnica.com 02 Jan '12, 2pm

Expectations cause a lot of problems — without expectations, we couldn’t be disappointed. However, it’s impractical not to...

Solar ATMs Bring Change(s) to Rural India

Solar ATMs Bring Change(s) to Rural India

treehugger.com 04 Jan '12, 8pm

How do you gain access to your money if your bank is many miles away? Well, ATMs. But how does a village have an ATM if it...

Shipping Containers BecomeSolar-Powered Internet Hubs in Rural Africa

Shipping Containers BecomeSolar-Powered Interne...

treehugger.com 28 Dec '11, 5pm

From helping farmers to market their crops and communicate with veterinarians, to helping nursing students keep up to date...

Future of computers - Part 2: The Power Wall

Future of computers - Part 2: The Power Wall

edn.com 05 Jan '12, 11pm

"Even as multicore hardware systems are tailored to support software that can exploit multiple computation units, thermal ...

Have a Kindle? Now you can charge and light it using solar power

Have a Kindle? Now you can charge and light it ...

earth911.com 10 Jan '12, 2pm

The new SolarKindle Lighted Cover features a built-in solar panel to power its attached LED reading light while recharging...

The UK military is developing a solar-powered uniform that could lighten the load of infantrymen by half!

The UK military is developing a solar-powered u...

ecouterre.com 26 Dec '11, 5pm

Although equipping soldiers with solar-powered gear isn’t a new concept, the U.K. project is the first to marry thermoelec...