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17 Accessible Energy Resources

From Waste-Driven Social Enterprises to Energy Sharing Networks

— February 11, 2015 — Eco
Affordable energy may be taken for granted by most North Americans but it is a luxury for less fortunate individuals both across the globe and even right at home. In addition to affecting those living in third-world countries, high energy costs are a burden for those who are struggling to make ends meet in developed nations.

In addition to charitable social enterprises, companies worldwide are changing the way we consume and share our energy with those who have no access to it. A great example is Gridmates, a peer-to-peer energy sharing model that allows homeowners to donate left-over energy to neighbors and others in need of it.

Other winning examples are products like Bae Gyu Ri's skipping rope lamp and ROBRADY design and Merlin Power Systems' portable fuel cell. While Bae Gyu Ri's toy converts kinetic energy into a renewable electricity resource, a portable fuel cell concept can be used to cut energy costs or to provide power to those living in third world countries.
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Consumption-Monitoring Startups
Consumption-Monitoring Startups
Simple Energy Lowers Consumers' Consumption and Costs
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Market-Oriented Energy Charities
Market-Oriented Energy Charities
SolarAid Hopes to Get Rid of Kerosene Lamps in Africa by 2020
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Green Charcoal Technologies
Green Charcoal Technologies
Carbon Roots International Offers Sustainable Development in Haiti
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Not-for-Profit Electricity Suppliers
Not-for-Profit Electricity Suppliers
Open4Energy is a Company That Raises Money for Charities
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Membership-Based Energy Communities
Membership-Based Energy Communities
The Ghana Green Building Council is Based on Sustainability
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Renewable Energy Financing
Renewable Energy Financing
REwiRE is a Model Venture Starting Its Work in Indonesia
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Public Renewable Energy
Public Renewable Energy
Voltzon Provides Solar Energy to Institutions in Tanzania
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Environmentally Conscious Heating
Environmentally Conscious Heating
BioLite Provides Clean and Affordable Energy Worldwide
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Rural Online Markets
Rural Online Markets
This E-Commerce Marketplace Provides Internet Access to Isolated Indian Areas
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Energy-Storing Recycled Rucksacks
Energy-Storing Recycled Rucksacks
These Solar Backpacks Help South African Students Do Homework
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Waste-Driven Social Enterprises
Waste-Driven Social Enterprises
This Biofuel Company Endeavors to Make Biogas More Accessible
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Portable Fuel Cells
Portable Fuel Cells
This Design is Easy to Deliver and Works in the Harshest Conditions
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Playful Electricity Generation
Playful Electricity Generation
A Skipping Rope Lamp Uses Daytime Games to Power Light at Night
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Google's RE < C Initiative
Google's RE < C Initiative
Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal
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Energy-Sharing Networks
Energy-Sharing Networks
The Gridmates Platform Allows Users to Donate Energy to Their Neighbors
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WiFi-Providing Trees
WiFi-Providing Trees
The Sologic eTree Offers WiFi and Phone Charging
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Energy-Generating Jungle Gyms
Energy-Generating Jungle Gyms
Empower Playgrounds Harnesses the Boundless Energy of Children
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