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Evan Mills's Discussions

Visibility for our issues in The Guardian online

Started this discussion. Last reply by Salvatore Chester Aug 16, 2015. 2 Replies

Can technology free developing countries from light poverty?…Continue

LuminaNET turns two, but future highly uncertain -- we welcome your ideas!

Started May 28, 2015 0 Replies

LuminaNET has passed its two-year anniversary.  With over 730 members from 72 countries, 28,000 unique visitors to the website, and tons of member-generated content (more stats…Continue

Solar lighting for street vendors

Started May 22, 2015 0 Replies

Just came across the attached article which presents results from a survey in the city of Dehradun (India). Some interesting highlights: Vendors need light 2.5 hours per day in summer and 3.45 hours…Continue

LuminaNET Weekly Digest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evan Mills Jun 18, 2015. 4 Replies

Note - These are re-postings of our weekly email "blast" to members.  Some members may have their email preferences set such that they don't receive these wrap-ups, or may just find it easier to…Continue

 

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About me

I'm a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused on energy and climate change topics. As founder of the Lumina Project in the mid-1990s, I developed the first estimate of global energy use for fuel-based lighting and early concepts for applicable LED-based alternatives. Since then, I've conducted many field- and lab-based studies related to off-grid lighting, including foundational work on quality assurance and support during development of Lighting Africa. My latest project is creating LuminaNET.

Off-grid lighting is one of my all-too-many interests. Other stuff is here.

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LuminaNET / Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
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College or University
Region
North America
Describe your involvement and/or interest in off-grid lighting
I run the Lumina Project (http://light.lbl.gov) and the LuminaNET social network (http://LuminaNET.org)
Website
http://evanmills.lbl.gov
LinkedIn Profile:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/evan-mills/b/ba4/743

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Pay-As-You-Go strategies

This group is for discussion of innovative approaches to financing off-grid lighting products. A wide variety of strategies are being used, from highly informal lay-away arrangements to highly sophisticated ones using cell-phone banking to make payments based on remotely monitored light usage.Please share your thoughts and experiences with the other members.See More
Jul 20, 2016
Evan Mills posted a video

Solar Powered Agro-Processing Machines - www.psspng.com

This short video demonstrates some of the solar powered agricultural machines that we have developed. All the machines are powered by 24V DC motors and every...
Jun 6, 2016
Evan Mills replied to Shuangyi Qian's discussion Country Data: Rwanda
May 23, 2016
Evan Mills replied to Evan Mills's discussion Country Data: Methodology
"Lots of useful data in this IFC report for India, Bangladesh, nepal, pakistan, indonesia, CaMBodia and philippines "
May 22, 2016
Evan Mills replied to Evan Mills's discussion Country Data: Methodology
"The attached new report contains interesting multi-year data on lighting fuel choices for multiple African countries."
May 21, 2016
iboxs Technologies( UK) replied to Evan Mills's discussion Field Projects: Africa
"Project : Lighting West Africa Dates: 27 Feb 2016 Location : Benin CEO : Captain Jon Organisation : iboxs technologies ( UK) Sponsors : Reflex Solar Type of product: PAYG Radio integrated iboxs with 3 LEDs/10 pin USB/ Radio USB SD card player.panel"
Mar 5, 2016
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Pay-As-You-Go strategies

This group is for discussion of innovative approaches to financing off-grid lighting products. A wide variety of strategies are being used, from highly informal lay-away arrangements to highly sophisticated ones using cell-phone banking to make payments based on remotely monitored light usage.Please share your thoughts and experiences with the other members.See More
Mar 1, 2016
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Job Notices

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Feb 16, 2016
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Products

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Jan 24, 2016
Aaron Wong replied to Evan Mills's discussion Field Projects: Africa
"Hi Yoseph, it looks good, how about the quality of the solar lamp?"
Jan 13, 2016
Evan Mills replied to Evan Mills's discussion Green remittances
"Hi Abigail - thanks or your interest.  I've run out of resources for the time being, but will try to get back to this in the future. ~ Evan"
Sep 22, 2015
Abigail Kehr replied to Evan Mills's discussion Green remittances
"How's this going, Evan? Definitely interested in this, look forward to hearing more."
Sep 21, 2015
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Fake solar panel

The short film in Swahili presenting knowledge on recognizing fake solar panel.
Sep 17, 2015
David Dy joined Evan Mills's group
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Pay-As-You-Go strategies

This group is for discussion of innovative approaches to financing off-grid lighting products. A wide variety of strategies are being used, from highly informal lay-away arrangements to highly sophisticated ones using cell-phone banking to make payments based on remotely monitored light usage.Please share your thoughts and experiences with the other members.See More
Sep 11, 2015
David Dy replied to Evan Mills's discussion New report released on Africa's off-grid lighting market
"Thanks for sharing!"
Sep 11, 2015
Salvatore Chester replied to Evan Mills's discussion Field Projects: Africa
"Follow-up Report # 3 -  August  2015 MAIGOBO sub-district (Hawzen) – in Geralta The first 100% kerosene and indoor smoke free zone in rural Tigray / Ethiopia Relative images to follow."
Sep 3, 2015

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Evan Mills's Blog

Light for Life -- Identifying and reducing health and safety impacts of fuel-based lighting

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to expand earlier work on the adverse health impacts associated with fuel-based lighting.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…

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Light and Livelihood -- A bright outlook for employment in the transition from fuel-based lighting to off-grid electrical alternatives

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 11:00am 4 Comments

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the potential effects on employment as electric off-grid lighting technologies that promise to displace lighting fuels.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…

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Lifting the Darkness on the Price of Light -- the effect of fuel subsidies in the off-grid lighting market

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the role of energy subsidies in the off-grid lighting market.  Following is a brief summary of the just-released report, which can be downloaded in full report…

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Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued at $12 Billion

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:00am 5 Comments

The following Sierra Club perspective by Justin Guay and Vrinda Manglik is cross-posted from the Huffington Post.

(Read full report here)

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market…

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At 1:07pm on June 21, 2015, Mukul Kumar said…

Thank you Evan. Great to connect. Pity to hear that this initiative may discontinue. It is more needed now than before. 

rgds

Mukul

At 1:31pm on January 13, 2015, Chad Lipton said…

Thanks Evan. Hopefully National Geographic can contribute a positive role in this space.

At 6:57pm on November 30, 2014, Mahesh Rathi said…

Thanks Evan.

At 10:30am on September 30, 2014, Rose Mutiso said…

Hi Evan,

Glad to be part of the Luminanet community. I just joined the Global LEAP team at DOE and looking forward to working with you in the future.

 

Best,


Rose

At 2:37am on September 3, 2014, Catherine Mgendi said…

Hi Evan,

That photo goes to show the myriad uses of solar lighting in rural Africa; The woman is able to safely tend to her chickens despite the darkness.

Rgds

Catherine 

At 12:45am on July 22, 2014, Jay Jay Ma said…

Thanks Evan. We make solar lantern and solar lighting kis with LiFePO4 battery, hope to learn more here.

At 8:58am on June 16, 2014, Kilien de Renty said…

Thanks Evan

At 2:19pm on April 28, 2014, Christopher Onwuasoanya said…

Thank you Evan. I will post pictures and comments on the blog. I hope I can contribute positively to the group

At 9:13am on March 6, 2014, Paul van Dyk said…

Thank you for the welcome Evan , I look forward to exploring and interacting on Luminanet !

Best Regards

Paul

At 2:19am on January 28, 2014, Computer Aid International said…

Hi Evan,

Computer Aid International is very pleased to be part of LuminaNet. Thank you very much!

Looking forward to exchanging new and great ideas!

Regards,

Computer Aid International Team

 
 
 

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