The saddest part of the discussion of construction innovation as defined by making buildings more efficiently, is just that. Missing are:
- Making housing more sustainable (see Earthships)
- Making housing more affordable (see tiny homes in Kristen Dirksen's channel)
With a significant number of people in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar without electricity (as well as a number in Thailand and Vietnam who are not accounted for in the official numbers on electricity access), power generation is of strong interest. Instead of expensive, larger scale projects (which are of course also important) something like *Gravity-Powered Lighting) would be strongly in demand if available.
Enter Gravity Light an organization with a singular product focus. The idea that local manufacturing and also as a product for sale seems to be the big winner here as well. If the product is desirable enough, and at an affordable price (perhaps with some government subsidies for the poorest populations), then indeed such a venture will create jobs as well as significantly improve the lives of those who use the product.
We learned about this project from the Gravity Light 2 Indiegogo campaign.
The future of energy is both about the power of the rich (and the riches in the energy markets) as well as the dangers of certain energy sources. So it is about fundamental resources, ongoing innovation, economic risks and rewards as well as environmental and human costs.
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