VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

Create technology to better lives in developing countries

Nepali woman generates power

Nepali woman generates power
Frequently we are asked whether women will be inhibited from pedaling. Our experience is that those who are dressed as this woman have no concern. They participate readily. The seat can be adjusted to fit nearly any person, tall or short. At one cycle per second, the generator supplies about 60 watts to the PowerCentre's 12 volt battery. (view small | med | large | orig)

The PedalGenerator arrives in a village

The PedalGenerator arrives in a village
Where there is no other option for power, people can make their own. 50-70 watts is enough to run an A/V center in a school, bringing light and education. Pedaled for 8 hours per day, it can light a hundred homes or more, depending on the energy used in each home. Where power is unreliable, the PedalGenerator can be a backup. A PedalGenerator and the PowerCentre are the core of a small business ~ a Village Light and Power Company. (view small | med | large | orig)

A pool of light from one LED pair.

A pool of light from one LED pair.
LEDs are 'task' lights. They light up a narrow arc as shown here. Most families also want 'area' light. Multiple LEDs can be combined to achieve that effect. Many families quickly stretch wires from the UserBox to other rooms, bringing light throughout their homes. (view small | med | large | orig)

Schoolgirl with 2-LED lamp ~ studying

Schoolgirl with 2-LED lamp ~ studying
A single LED pair gives this girl enough light for reading and homework. In the evening many families have only hearth light while they are cooking, or perhaps a kerosene wick in a bottle. The LED lamp is bright, cool, and safe--no fire danger, no fumes, no need to purchase kerosene, or consume more fuel from the forest or field. (view small | med | large | orig)

Village child carries home the first UserBox

Village child carries home the first UserBox
Most rural people have no hope to be connected to a 'grid' wire. It's too expensive. They live too far away. EcoSystems uses a handy 2 pound rechargeable battery to shuttle power to these homes. The battery provides weeks of LED light -- 300 hours of a pair of LEDs -- 30 hours with 10 LED pairs. (view small | med | large | orig)
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