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Five Questions with Shashi Buluswar and Subarna Mitra, Institute for Transformative Technologies

Shashi Buluswar and his colleague Subarna Mitra tell E4C that through the ‘50 Breakthroughs’ research process, they found that most of the “innovation ecosystem” was focused on a number of small issues; that many big pressing questions were not being addressed.

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Africa, Indian governments aim to leverage solar PV, mini-grids in joint bid to eradicate energy poverty

Off-grid solar and renewable energy technology and systems innovations such as ITT’s “Utility-in-a-Box” (UiB) have the potential to make a significant contribution in terms of enhancing India’s capacity to realize its ambitious universal electricity access, renewable energy, climate change action and sustainable development goals.

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Institute for Transformative Technologies looks to spur rural renewable electrification

The Institute for Transformative Technologies’ (ITT) “Utility-in-a-Box” (UiB) is making its debut in India as three private-sector energy services companies (ESCOs) embark on testing and subsequent field trials of the solar-renewable energy mini/microgrid platform in rural communities.

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‘Utility-in-a-Box’ mini-grid set to launch in India

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system was designed by the US- and Mumbai-based Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) and is to be tested by private-sector Indian energy services companies TARA Urja, Mlinda and OMC Power.
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“Utility in a Box” — a mini-grid solution for scaling last-mile connectivity

Prototypes of an integrated, standardized “Utility in a Box” (UiB) are being deployed in rural India, with the goal of significantly reducing the cost of mini-grid systems and contributing more significantly to India’s goal of national electrification by 2019.

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India testing ground for Ecoult’s UltraBattery

Enduring solutions prove themselves under tough conditions. If Ecoult’s UltraBattery can cut the dependence on diesel in rural India, where it is being tested by the Institute for Transformative Technologies, then it may be able to do the same in Africa and South-East Asia.

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New battery technology for renewable energy and electric vehicles

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency delivered a grant for $4.1M to Ecoult, to help the company improve its flagship product. The UltraBattery, a hybrid lead-acid battery with an integrated supercapacitor, is the core technology behind Ecoult’s UltraFlex, which is currently under test at the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) in India. ITT is evaluating multiple energy storage systems as part of its rural electrification program.

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New battery tech to bolster off-grid solar plants

New technology for batteries will soon electrify India’s off-grid power facilities. The Institute of Transformative Technologies (ITT) is currently working on three different battery types in the hope of reducing cost and increasing the lifespan of batteries.

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Access to Electricity: Closing the affordability gap

Universal access to electricity will be realized when people have electricity-powered services for basic needs, beyond just a fan and light bulbs. Decentralized solar PV mini-grids are promising for cost-effective rural electrification but continue to be limited by a large affordability gap exacerbated by acute shortage of funding.

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Can extreme global poverty end in this century? Here’s why it looks promising

They say the poor will always be with us, but does that have to be true? Global poverty rates are dropping fast, and new technologies may help end extreme poverty in this century.

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‘Impact Inventing’: Inventors transform lives in India and around the world

WASHINGTON: ‘Impact Inventing’, a form of innovation designed to change the lives of masses living in poverty around the world, found itself in the spotlight of the Lemelson Foundation’s 20th anniversary conference held in Washington recently.

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Innovative desalination technologies to solve one of the world’s biggest problems

Water will be the defining problem of the next 50 years. After spending the past two years delving into critical technological advances that my team of scientists, researchers and I believe are vital to moving the needle on poverty, we agree that it’s probably the single most important issue that needs to be solved.

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The 50 most effective ways to transform the developing world

There are so many projects in global health that sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones are the most important.

So Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory set out to list the 50 breakthroughs that would most transform the lives of the poor, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Shashi Buluswar, an author of the study, spoke with Morning Edition’s Renee Montagne.

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Study of development technology breakthroughs uncovers some surprises

Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies.

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Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world’s poorest? Vaccines for polio and other serious diseases; HIV anti-retrovirals; mosquito bed-nets with powerful insecticide infused into its fabric. All have transformed lives by dramatically reducing disease.

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17 ways to take your innovation to scale

Shashi Buluswar, CEO, LIGTT Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, USA
Think beyond mobile: There have been some very exciting technologies using mobile phone systems. However, there has not been much outside the mobile space. I’d love to talk about what kinds of things are required in health and agriculture beyond mobile technologies.

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