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Tapping the wisdom of the crowd...how many LED flashlights?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adedayo Lawal Apr 22, 2013. 18 Replies

LED Flashlights are everywhere these days...but just how many of them are in use and how many are sold each year?  I want to tap the collective wisdom of LuminaNET to try and answer this…Continue

How should Lighting Africa target its Eco Design Notes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evan Mills Apr 5, 2014. 6 Replies

We began producing the Lighting Africa (now Lighting Global) Technical Notes and Eco Design Notes in 2010 as a resource for stakeholders in the off-grid lighting market. The topics range from…Continue

 

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Victoria Arch commented on Peter Alstone's blog post A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity
"This is a terrific contribution! Thanks Peter (and Dimitry!)!"
Apr 2, 2015
Salvatore Chester commented on Peter Alstone's blog post A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity
"Quite relevant for Africa, Ethiopia in particular.  Keep it up! Peter.  ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TEA.ethiopia/"
Apr 2, 2015
Gary Zhang commented on Peter Alstone's blog post A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity
"nice and motivated topic"
Apr 1, 2015
Matthew Jordan commented on Peter Alstone's blog post A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity
"Nice work, Peter. Looking forward to reading (and citing!)."
Mar 26, 2015
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A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity

Hot off the press!  Or, if this weren't the internet that might be true. Along with my colleagues Dimitry Gershenson and Dan Kammen, I'm happy to announce publication of a new paper in the academic press (at Nature Climate Change) that I hope is valuable for the LuminaNet community.  Our paper, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access, reviews the state of knowledge on a continuum of on- to off-grid electricity technology systems, using a combination of historical and applied…See More
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A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity

Hot off the press!  Or, if this weren't the internet that might be true. Along with my colleagues Dimitry Gershenson and Dan Kammen, I'm happy to announce publication of a new paper in the academic press (at Nature Climate Change) that I hope is valuable for the LuminaNet community.  Our paper, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access, reviews the state of knowledge on a continuum of on- to off-grid electricity technology systems, using a combination of historical and applied…See More
Mar 25, 2015
Peter Alstone replied to Yotam Ariel's discussion Article: 'Good news: the hype of solar lanterns seems to come to an end!'
"Hi Ognen, Interesting point about the "direction of market diffusion" (poor -> rich vs. rich -> poor).   It is also possible to describe the picoPV market as being in the "traditional" direction of rich to poor if you…"
Jul 16, 2014
Evan Mills replied to Peter Alstone's discussion How should Lighting Africa target its Eco Design Notes?
"Great that the report is out now!"
Apr 5, 2014
Peter Alstone was featured
Oct 8, 2013
Peter Alstone's blog post was featured

Updates to Lighting Global QA Standards

Many LuminaNET members are also involved (in one way or another) with the ongoing work of Lighting Global (and Lighting Africa / Lighting Asia), the IFC-World Bank programs supporting markets for off-grid lighting.  I'm one of the people who helps coordinate the Quality Assurance (QA) aspects of those programs and we just released an important update to the QA framework.  The updates are informed (as always) by a stakeholder process that many of you probably participated in.  Thank you!…See More
Oct 8, 2013
Evan Mills commented on Peter Alstone's blog post Updates to Lighting Global QA Standards
"Congratulations.  This clearly represents a lot of thinking and integration of input from many quarters. I appreciate how open this process has been and the recognition that standards such as these need to be dynamic and evolve along with the…"
Oct 8, 2013
Peter Alstone posted a blog post

Updates to Lighting Global QA Standards

Many LuminaNET members are also involved (in one way or another) with the ongoing work of Lighting Global (and Lighting Africa / Lighting Asia), the IFC-World Bank programs supporting markets for off-grid lighting.  I'm one of the people who helps coordinate the Quality Assurance (QA) aspects of those programs and we just released an important update to the QA framework.  The updates are informed (as always) by a stakeholder process that many of you probably participated in.  Thank you!…See More
Oct 8, 2013
Peter Alstone replied to Evan Mills's discussion How much fuel (or batteries, or candles) is actually saved by improved off-grid lighting systems?
"This is a nice one...cool."
Sep 26, 2013
Arne Jacobson commented on Peter Alstone's blog post Lighting Global -- Updates to Standards and Targets in Progress -- Input Needed!
"Hi Stewart, We are working with the IEC to establish a significant discount to the document (i.e. IEC TS 62257-9-5) that contains the test methods and quality framework. The discount will be available to most people who would want to purchase it. We…"
Jun 12, 2013
Stewart Craine commented on Peter Alstone's blog post Lighting Global -- Updates to Standards and Targets in Progress -- Input Needed!
"It's a shame the IEC standard costs $340. I hope the LA standard remains freely available, or at least at a nominal costs. I'm not sure a ban on NiCd batteries is necessarily appropriate given that technology is not banned in our own…"
Jun 10, 2013

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A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:00am 4 Comments

Hot off the press!  Or, if this weren't the internet that might be true.
 
Along with my colleagues Dimitry Gershenson and Dan Kammen, I'm happy to announce publication of a new paper in the academic press (at Nature Climate Change) that I hope is valuable for the LuminaNet community.  Our paper, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access, reviews the state of knowledge on a continuum of on- to off-grid electricity technology systems, using a…
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Updates to Lighting Global QA Standards

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Many LuminaNET members are also involved (in one way or another) with the ongoing work of Lighting Global (and Lighting Africa / Lighting Asia), the IFC-World Bank programs supporting markets for off-grid lighting.  I'm one of the people who helps coordinate the Quality Assurance (QA) aspects of those programs and we just released an important update to the QA framework.  The updates are informed (as always) by a stakeholder process that many of you probably participated in.  Thank…

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Lighting Global -- Updates to Standards and Targets in Progress -- Input Needed!

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:48am 2 Comments

Attention LuminaNET....your collective wisdom is needed...

This morning Lighting Global, Lighting Africa, and Lighting Asia announced the beginning of a process to update the Minimum Quality Standards and Recommended Performance Targets for each program in a harmonized way.  I am sure LuminaNET is full of people whose experience in the field and the marketplace would provide good perspectives for the process.  Please take a minute to visit the webpage for the updating…

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Big Markets in Small Towns: Results from a close study of the market for off-grid lighting in three towns in Kenya

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:02am 5 Comments

Lighting Africa recently released a study of the market for off-grid lighting that was completed by me and several collaborators between 2009 and 2012.  We originally visited Kericho, Brooke, and Talek in 2009 and surveyed the market for off-grid lighting.  It wasn't a pretty sight...mostly low quality products were available.  These beat the traditional…

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At 10:56am on November 9, 2012, Christoph Schultz said…

Hi Peter,

I hope you are well. I hear you are preparing to leave for Dakar. Evan suggested I contact you in regards to a query I have about the lifecycle carbon footprint of D cell alkaline batteries. If you have any information on this that would be much appreciated. 

Thanks in advance.

Christoph

 
 
 

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