IEEE Smart Village – Advancing Technology for All of Humanity

March 28, 2017 | 9:44 am

For Renewable Energy World, By Wayne Gutschow

Just a year before the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, IEEE members formed the Community Solutions Initiative working group (CSI) under the parent program Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) pilot of 2008-10.  Aimed at making a major impact on reducing world poverty through new technology enterprises growing sustainable infrastructure, human empowerment and community … Continue reading IEEE Smart Village – Advancing Technology for All of Humanity

High Light: The Night GE Electrified An Ancient Himalayan Village

December 24, 2016 | 9:48 am

For GE Reports, By Tomas Kellner

The night the 700-year-old mountain oasis of Rakuru was to see its first electric light, the whole village gathered in the largest room and waited for someone to flip the switch. But nothing happened. “We scrambled in the dark to look for the problem,” said Shantnu Mathuria, a GE Power employee who had trekked to … Continue reading High Light: The Night GE Electrified An Ancient Himalayan Village

IEEE Smart Village and Its partner Global Himalayan Expedition Bring Solar-Generated Electricity to Lingshed Monastery

December 1, 2016 | 9:38 am

IEEE Spectrum

In energy-rich, mobile-device-packing countries like the United States, it’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to live in a place where electricity is scarce, or isn’t available at all. But that’s what life is still like for many citizens of Planet Earth. Energy poverty—in particular, the lack of access to plentiful electricity—affects about 1.2 billion people, … Continue reading IEEE Smart Village and Its partner Global Himalayan Expedition Bring Solar-Generated Electricity to Lingshed Monastery

Mentorship Makes the Difference

November 10, 2016 | 10:24 am

For IEEE PES, By Robin Podmore

Growing up on a small farming town in New Zealand with a passion for building things, I knew I wanted to become an engineer. This interest was encouraged by my high school physics teacher Mr. Rex Millar. But it wasn’t until I selected modeling power system networks at University of Canterbury, Christchurch for my Ph.D. … Continue reading Mentorship Makes the Difference

Harnessing the Himalayan Sun

October 13, 2016 | 10:29 am

By Mike Wilson

In the developed world, the sunset doesn’t have much effect on our activities. But in rural villages — for example, a monastery perched high in the Himalayan Mountains — the darkness of nightfall is inescapable. Activities we take for granted — cooking reading or studying, for example — become impossible in the complete darkness of nightfall. What’s more, the monastery is perched on … Continue reading Harnessing the Himalayan Sun