Rob Goodier

 

I write news for the engineering and development organization engineeringforchange.org.

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic

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Solvatten’s Solar Water Sterilization Jug Could Save Lives in Developing Nations

Solvatten’s Solar Water Sterilization Jug Could Save Lives in Developing Nations

Swedish company Solvatten recently began distributing its user-friendly solar water sterilization jug in countries like drought-afflicted Somalia. The device disinfects up to 10 liters of water

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Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

A new design for a hydroelectric generator could cheaply light up off-grid areas. The Hydro-Electric Barrel is a spinning water wheel that floats on the water surface and turns in the current.

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High School Students Recycle Old Go-Cart Frames into Wind Turbines

High School Students Recycle Old Go-Cart Frames into Wind Turbines

Some very enterprising high school students have recycled scrapped sign posts, go-cart frames, fencing, and other parts into working vertical-axis wind turbines. The students are seniors in a

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Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

A new bicycle-powered latrine pump could redefine low-cost sanitation in developing countries. The pump makes work easier for latrine shovelers, who empty a latrine's sewage pit when it's full.

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New Cookstove Attachment Uses Loudspeaker Parts to Turn Waste Heat Into Power

New Cookstove Attachment Uses Loudspeaker Parts to Turn Waste Heat Into Power

This innovative new cookstove attachment solves two problems for off-grid homes: It turns the stove into a power generator and it improves kitchen air quality at the same. The attachment is a

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