- Providing energy access to rural areas of developing countries using our solar micro-generator
- Augmenting local knowledge and capacity through training in manufacturing and design
- Increasing local economic activity through fostering local manufacture and dissemination
- Jump-starting new ventures aimed at selling and maintaining STG-style microgenerator systems
Imagine if you could take components from common equipment (cars, air conditioners etc.) and some supplies from your local plumbing store and recombine them in a new way to create a simple engine that runs using heat instead of petroleum. Add to it a source of free fuel (the sun) and you get a clean, sustainable, and inexpensive source hot water, electricity and even refrigeration.
Our group is made up of individuals who are committed to making something like this possible, not only in the United States where it is easy to stop by your local Home Depot on the way home from work, but almost anywhere around the globe. We aim to use these solar micro-generators to promote co-generation of electricity and hot water for community centers, clinics, schools, villages, or even small businesses in rural areas with no access to a national electrical grid.
Technology, however, is only one part of the equation. Our ultimate goal is to foster micro-enterprises that manufacture, sell, and maintain these systems locally - reducing dependencies on imported technologies and promoting local economic growth. STG engineers can adapt the microgenerator technology to the local environment, user needs, and available supplies, and then collaborate with local entrepreneurs to identify viable marketing and business plans for that location.The field team carries out training activities with local entrepreneurs and engineers to transfer the technology, works in concert with this team to install at least one trial system, and afterwards the location-customized design can be taken to local manufacturers. Through additional collaboration with government departments, villagers, small business owners, and staff of clinics and schools, we are able to identify markets and demand for energy services, helping to lay out a business plan for dissemination of the micro-generator technology.