Give Pedal-Generated Light to Millions of Nepalis

$31,081 $18,919
Raised Remaining
May 2, 2007

High-Quality Batteries and Charging Boxes

Two months of light with our battery
Two months of light with our battery

We have made good progress with the EcoPower systems in the past two months. Complete systems (PedalGenerator, Charging Centre with its 12 V battery), Charging Boxes and the home-lighting systems have been placed in three villages. By the end of May another twelve villages will be trained and equipped. The tests will continue through the end of November, at which time the first 'commercial' designs will be complete. There has been close attention to the electronics in each system component to ensure that the two batteries--the big 12 volt deep cycle storage battery, and the smaller 6 volt battery that shuttles power to the homes--are protected from abuse. Batteries that are protected from excessive charging or discharging last much longer.

The twin LED reading lamps in the picture below use only .06 watts. They are waiting to meet their clients. In the second picture, a woman is holding "Mero Bakas", the Nepalese "my box" refering to the rechargeable battery which they take home and connect to the lamps.

Holding "Mero Bakas", the rechargeable battery
Holding "Mero Bakas", the rechargeable battery
  • Gridkid
    Gridkid Great to see such progress, and using LEDs should vastly enhance efficiency. Thanks for the update and good luck with the roll-out!
    • 8 years ago
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