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“Solar Fridges” November 26, 2012

Solar Fridges

More than two billion people—concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia—face an extraordinary range of barriers in their attempts to escape poverty. They have limited access to energy, unsafe drinking water, and inadequate refrigeration, to name a few obstacles. 

The recently launched LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT) at Berkeley Lab has an ambitious mandate to discover and develop breakthrough technologies for combating global poverty. It was created with the belief that solutions will require more advanced R&D and a deep understanding of market needs in the developing world. 

At our next Science at the Theater, join Berkeley Lab's Ashok Gadgil, Shashi Buluswar and other LIGTT scientists as they discuss what it takes to develop technologies that will impact millions of people. These include: 

  • Fuel efficient stoves for clean cooking: Our scientists are improving the Berkeley Darfur Stove, a high efficiency stove used by over 20,000 households in Darfur.
  • The ultra-low energy refrigerator: A lightweight, low-energy refrigerator that can be mounted on a bike so crops can survive the trip from the farm to the market. 
  • The solar OB suitcase: A low-cost package of the five most critical biomedical devices for maternal and neonatal clinics. 
  • UV Waterworks: A device for quickly, safely and inexpensively disinfecting water of harmful microorganisms. 

Bring your questions and ideas to this free event!

Go here to learn more about LIGTT:


Last updated: 12/11/2012