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Mtg: Photovoltaics for a Billion Poor

by @ 8:23 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

Thursday January 15, 2015
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– necessity, strategies, economics, cultural, case studies …
Speaker: Greg P. Smestad, Ph.D., Owner, Sol Ideas Technology Development; Lecturer, Santa Clara University
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center (G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required

Providing clean energy for the Developing World is both an absolute necessity and an enormous market opportunity.  This talk surveys solar energy-related engineering and entrepreneurship in emerging market countries, with an emphasis on strategies for coping with the absence of a grid.  It will examine the concepts surrounding solar energy availability in the developing world as the key to improving societal education, health, and standard of living in underserved populations.  Case studies in photovoltaic (PV) installations will be presented to illustrate the interrelationships between the technical, engineering, economic, marketing and cultural aspects of these business endeavors.  Parallels are drawn between the rapid expansion cell phone networks and distributed PV in developing nations.  This is based on the idea of technological â??leap froggingâ? and diffusion of ideas.  The talk will present how Grameen Shakti created and executed a successful social business model in Bangladesh for Renewable Energy, especially in PV.


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