Practical Insights on Power for ICT4D Projects

The Reality of Electrical Power Variability in African ICT4D Projects

The Reality of Electrical Power Variability in African ICT4D Projects

Published on: Feb 29 2012 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Looking at the wavy line above, you could be forgiven if you think that’s a pure sine wave electrical power graph. It is not. It is the electrical power...
Inveneo Solar Power Deployment Guide to Building Truly Practical PV Systems for ICT Projects

Inveneo Solar Power Deployment Guide to Building Truly Practical PV Systems for ICT Projects

Published on: Jul 18 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Inveneo Solar Power Deployment Guide to Building Truly Practical PV Systems for ICT Projects
Many people believe that solar power is too expensive to use for powering computer installations in remote or rural areas that are without a connection to the AC...
Solar Power for PC Deployments: Enabling ICT Beyond the Grid

Solar Power for PC Deployments: Enabling ICT Beyond the Grid

Published on: Jul 04 2011 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Technology for converting solar energy to electricity was first introduced over 130 years ago, and it has been used to power PCs for more than 20 years. However,...
Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects

Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects

Published on: Jun 24 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects
There are two recent developments that have significantly lowered the cost of solar power systems for powering computer installations in remote or rural areas: The...
Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone

Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone

Published on: Nov 24 2010 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone
Solar power is a needed skill in electricity-starved West Africa. Yet there is also high unemployment. Energy For Opportunity is trying to solve both of these...
Congratulations to Malawi’s Barefoot Solar Engineers

Congratulations to Malawi’s Barefoot Solar Engineers

Published on: Jun 09 2010 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
At the Africa Energy Awards 2010, the Barefoot Solar Engineers of Malawi won the Best Rural Electrification Project category, highlighting their positive impact...
Battery Backups: How Nepal Works Through Load Shedding

Battery Backups: How Nepal Works Through Load Shedding

Published on: May 14 2010 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
All across Nepal, and especially in Kathmandu, there is daily electrical system “load shedding” – which is a polite way of describing 10-14 hour...
Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change

Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change

Published on: Nov 16 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change
tweetmeme_source = 'ICT_works'; At this year’s Development Marketplace 2009 (DM2009) finalist event at the World Bank, I was asked a challenging question:...
Kenya Blackout: Internet is Up When KPLC is Down

Kenya Blackout: Internet is Up When KPLC is Down

Published on: Nov 12 2009 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
tweetmeme_source = 'ICT_works'; Last week, there was a countrywide blackout in Kenya. The electrical authority, KPLC, took the national electrical grid offline...
Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever

Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever

Published on: Nov 02 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever
Buying solar power equipment for Africa is often a challenge. First, the USA runs on 110V, so most of the equipment here will not work with the 220V standard common...