Fast Company reports on a solar powered lamp developed to help refugees and those in developing nations reliant on kerosene lamps. From the article:
The SolarPuff is a two-ounce, flat-pack solar lamp which quickly expands into a 4.5-inch cube. The lantern can last eight hours and easily recharges with clear sunlight. It provides enough light for refugees or people in impoverished areas to perform tasks at night, without instigating any dangerous fires or needing batteries.
Stanford University researchers have developed a vastly lower-cost alternative to traditional centrifuges. For approximately 20 cents (rather than hundreds or thousands of dollars, and without the need for power), a paper device could allow health workers in the field, in remote areas without power, or after natural disasters do on the spot testing for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.
The Guardian reports on an innovative approach to developing and deploying solar panel arrays that means they could be used and moved with greater ease, with potential uses including post-disaster recovery and at festivals. The company behind the panels – Renovagen – has developed a method for creating solar panels on a roll that allows easy transport, deployment and removal.
Inhabitat features a disaster and emergency shelter designed to feel more like a home.
Unfortunately most recovery and development work after a disaster or displacement takes years rather than days or weeks, so the idea behind the Hex House is to give people a comfortable, semi-permanent space that could last many years and includes solar panels and a rainwater capture system.
FastCoExist highlights the development of multi-purpose streetlights in Malaysia that kill mosquitos, charge mobile phones and help transmit flood warnings – as well as providing night time illumination. On top of this, the lights are powered by a combination of solar and wind power.