Navigation Links
Undergraduates develop 'dirt-powered' microbial fuel cells to light Africa
Date:5/14/2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. May 14, 2008 A team composed of Harvard students and alumni was among the winners of the World Banks Lighting Africa 2008 Development Marketplace competition, held in Accra, Ghana from May 6 to 8, 2008. The innovation, microbial fuel cell-based lighting systems suitable for Sub-Saharan Africa, netted the group a $200,000 prize.

According to the World Bank, as only 26 percent of Africas population has access to grid-based electricity most residents rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps and candles for illumination. To encourage the development of cheaper and safer lighting technologies, the organizers of Lighting Africa 2008 sought practical solutions from around the world, ultimately funding 16 of the original 400 proposals.

The winning Harvard project came to life thanks to an undergraduate course, Idea Translation, taught by David Edwards, McKay Professor of the Practice of Bioengineering and author of Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation. As part of the course Edwards challenged students to develop an idea that crossed the conventional boundaries of art and science, imagining light engineering as an art form.

In the course we found what many of us were missing in our lives: A project that combined our love for Africa and our passion for technology, said Harvard College alumnus Hugo Van Vuuren 07, a South African native who took the course as a senior in the fall of 2007. For all the Pan-Africanism of the last four decades it is quite rare to have young students from South, East, and West Africa, in the same room without a soccer ball somehow involved.

Joining Van Vuuren, an economics concentrator, were current undergraduate students Stephen Lwendo 10 (computer science and engineering) and David Sengeh 10 (bioengineering), who are both from Africa, Alexander Fabry 09 (history of science and physics), alumnae Zo Sachs-Arellano 07 (a philosophy concentrator who co-founded the Namibia Connection
'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Patrick Rutter
mrutter@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-3815
Harvard University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. BGSU undergraduates to pilot groundbreaking genome project
2. Outstanding undergraduates recognized in agronomy, crop, soil, and environmental sciences
3. Gender, coupled with diabetes, affects vascular disease development
4. New target for anti-flu drug development
5. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
6. A new radiation therapy treatment developed for head and neck cancer patients
7. Carnegie Mellon scientists develop nanogels that enable controlled delivery of carbohydrate drugs
8. Princeton engineers develop low-cost recipe for patterning microchips
9. M2SYS Partners With Gnosis Medical Services to Provide Accurate Patient Identification in Developing Countries Through Innovative Biometrics Solution
10. Selexis Announces Advanced Approach to Maximize Power of Genetic Elements for Rapid Development of High Performance Cell Lines
11. UCR engineers to develop new tool to measure how environmental exposures affect health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... University (ANU) team has successfully replicated one of the ... systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as ... sunlight. It is an exciting prospect to use them ... said Dr Kastoori Hingorani, from the ARC Centre of ... of Biology. , Hydrogen offers potential as a zero-carbon ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... resulting in severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation. ... diagnosed with the disease resulting in 1000 deaths. There ... intravenous fluid and nutritional support. , Dr Jason ... the research, said "The major causes of pancreatitis include ... intake combined with a high fat diet. In fact, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly ... consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and ... study. , Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron ... nonfood substances. , Pregnant teens, regardless of pica, are ... to iron deficiency and anemia. Low iron in pregnant ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel 2Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis 2Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron 2
... facing the world,s marine environments. Yet in the absence of ... plastic litter enter the ocean each year. ... Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA,s ... impacts of plastic marine litter and offers domestic and international ...
... PARK, Calif. , Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ... buyout capital to emerging healthcare companies, announced today that ... Pharmaceuticals, has joined the Frazier Healthcare team as a ... long and distinguished track record as an entrepreneur, executive, ...
... and clinicians were unsung heroes during the early years (19771983) ... (VTEC). In an article published today in the Canadian ... microbiologist, documents the history of this area of study, ... Canadians to the science of what many people refer to ...
Cached Biology News:UCLA report urges new global policy effort to tackle crisis of plastic litter in oceans 2UCLA report urges new global policy effort to tackle crisis of plastic litter in oceans 3Frazier Healthcare Adds Carol Gallagher to its Life Science Team 2Frazier Healthcare Adds Carol Gallagher to its Life Science Team 3Canadian discoveries pivotal to the science of toxins and illness associated with E. coli 2
(Date:8/20/2014)... Aug. 20, 2014 Neurotrope, Inc. (OTCQB: ... conference call to provide an update on Company ... daylight timeDial-in numbers:(888) 505-4369 (U.S. and Canada) or ... cast: www.neurotropebioscience.com , under "Investor Relations"The teleconference replay ... through September 2, 2014 at (888) 203-1112 (U.S. ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Aug. 20, 2014  Decision Resources Group finds that the vascular ... Russia , India and ... 2013, roughly equal to the size of the United ... market will experience much faster growth as a result of strong ... Other key findings from Decision Resources Group,s coverage of the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... The 6th Annual Arrowhead Personalized ... October 29-30 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s conference ... researchers and clinicians focused on addressing and solving the ... the twelve years since the sequencing of the human ... with pharmacogenetic information in the label and molecular diagnostics ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A case study from ... the school,s bioengineering department and the Intel® Internet ... Software Academic Program, UCSD,s research focuses on exploring ... body.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140819/137540 ... work of Dr. Todd P. Coleman , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Neurotrope To Host Conference Call 2BRIC Vascular Access Device Market Valued at $1.6 Billion in 2013, Similar to the U.S. Market 2BRIC Vascular Access Device Market Valued at $1.6 Billion in 2013, Similar to the U.S. Market 36th Annual Personalized and Precision Medicine Conference Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Discuss Clinical Implementation, Dx Reimbursement, Big Data, and Sequencing 2Intel and University of San Diego Bioengineering Department Release Case Study on Health Sciences Research 2
... Jan. 2 CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY ... announced today,that it is scheduled to participate in ... Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square, San,Francisco., ... operating officer and,chief financial officer of CryoLife, Inc., ...
... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 2 Exelixis,Inc. (Nasdaq: ... president and chief executive officer, will present at the ... 10:30 p.m. ET on,Thursday, January 10, 2008., The ... the Event,Calendar page under Investors on the Exelixis website ...
... Jan. 2 The following statement was issued,today by the ... Notice is hereby given that a class action lawsuit was ... of New York on,behalf of all purchasers of the securities ... February 17, 2006 through June 13, 2007,inclusive (the "Class Period")., ...
Cached Biology Technology:Shareholder Class Action Filed Against Sanofi-Aventis by the Law Firm of Schiffrin Barroway Topaz & Kessler, LLP 2Shareholder Class Action Filed Against Sanofi-Aventis by the Law Firm of Schiffrin Barroway Topaz & Kessler, LLP 3
... the LVF-HL, LVF-CUVADPT, FHS-LVF, and the CVD-Diffuse ... low-pass Linear Variable Filters to create the ... center wavelength and adjustable bandpass. Each filter ... blocking band (99.8%). These filters -- ...
, Premium quality synthesis and purification , You provide the sequence, we'll do the rest , Rigorous quality control , Your choice of purification method, amount and format , Available annealed...
Ms anti-Cyclophilin D...
Protein Kinase D2 Immunogen: Human protein kinase D2. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Biology Products: