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WE CARE SOLAR

WE CARE SOLAR

The Project
WE CARE Solar initially assembled Solar Suitcases for midwives in northern Nigerian maternal health clinics. As word of our innovative power solution spread, they received requests from clinics and health workers around the world, including medical relief teams in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

The Inventor
Laura E. Stachel, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director, the co-founder of WE CARE Solar, she is an obstetrician-gynecologist with fourteen years of clinical experience. She holds an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley.
Hal Aronson, Ph.D, Director of Technology and Education is the co-founder of WE CARE Solar. He is co-director of We Share Solar, the educational program that empowers youth to learn about solar energy and build Solar Suitcases for schools and orphanages. Hal has taught renewable energy in the Bay Area and around California for over 13 years.

Location
Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi,  Tanzania, Nepal, Ethiopia, Philippines, Ghana
THE OCEAN CLEAN UP

THE OCEAN CLEAN UP

The Project
Cleanup using conventional methods - vessels and nets - would take thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete. Our passive system could remove about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years, at a fraction of the cost. The floating barriers are designed to capture virtually any type of debris. Models show that by utilising vast rotational ocean currents, a single 100km installation can catch almost half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. The Ocean Cleanup has been recognized as one of the Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, is recipient of the 2015 INDEX: Award, won Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design award, and has been chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of 2015.

The Inventor
Boyan Slat (1994) is a Dutch inventor and entrepreneur who creates technologies to solve societal problems. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced technologies to rid world’s oceans of plastic. Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and he is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth.

Location
The Netherlands
WONDERBAG

WONDERBAG

The Project
Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary, non-electric portable slow cooker. It continues to cook food which has been brought to the boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of additional electricity or fuel.

The Inventor
Sarah Collins has devoted her entire life to searching for ways to empower people in rural Africa, especially women. Sarah created the prototype for her heat-retention cooker, the Wonderbag. After food is brought to a boil, the pot is placed in the heavily-lined bag where it slow-cooks for up to 8 hours. "Finding firewood for cooking takes a huge amount of rural women's time," explains Sarah, "and gathering it is very dangerous. The wood fires used to cook then cause indoor pollution, a leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. Having the Wonderbag would empower the women to feed their families, generate an income, and save them time."

Location
Kenya and Turkey

Data
Sold or donated: more than 700,000 Wonderbags throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Sarah's new goal is to sell one hundred million Wonderbags worldwide, helping over a billion people
RAINFOREST CONNECTION

RAINFOREST CONNECTION

The Project
Rainforest Connection (RFCx) transforms recycled cell-phones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices that can monitor and pinpoint chainsaw activity at great distance. This changes the game by providing the world's first real-time logging detection system, pinpointing deforestation activity as it occurs, and providing the data openly, freely, and immediately to anyone around the world. For the first time on a scalable level, responsible agents can arrive on the scene in time to interrupt the perpetrators and stop the damage, and the world can listen in as it occurs.

The Inventor
Topher White is an American engineer and physicist.

Location
Sumatra, Camerun, Amazonia (next stop: Ecuador and Peru)
OFF-GRID BOX

OFF-GRID BOX

The Project
The OFF GRID BOX™ is an all-in-one, self-contained utility system that enables independent living in any environment, whether by choice or as a result of natural disasters. The patented system integrates photovoltaic and wind energy production, rainwater capture for domestic use and family agriculture, sewage sanitation with solar thermal energy, and many optional like the production of hydrogen as a gas for cooking.

The Inventor
Emiliano Cecchini is an Italian physicist, president of the scientific committee of “La Fabbrica del Sole srl”.

Location
Haiyan
ZIPLINE DRONE

ZIPLINE DRONE

The Project
Zip is a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood. A fleet of Zips is able to provide for a population of millions. A health worker can place an order by text message. Within minutes, a Zip is prepared and launched into the sky. Racing along at 100 km/h, Zip arrives faster than any other mode of transport, no pilot required. The medical products are then dropped off, landing gently and accurately at the health facility in an open area the size of a few parking spaces.

The Inventor
Keller Rianudo, Will Hetzler and Keenan Wyrobek (CA). Rinaudo started Zipline five years ago, but he’s only now publicly unveiling the business. By signing contracts directly with the governments of developing countries, Zipline plans to use its drone fleet to deliver medications to rural clinics all over the developing world.

Location
Rwanda (planning on expanding)

Data
Zipline says each drone will soon be making 50 to 150 such deliveries a day to 21 clinics across the Western half of Rwanda. Each distribution hub will house about a dozen Zips, which take only half an hour to fly up to 45 miles.
FOROBA YELEN

FOROBA YELEN

The Project
Foroba Yelen is a forefront solution to overcome darkness in rural Mali created by the italian architect Matteo Ferroni in 2010 to homage the rich malian culture with a new tool, a new space, a new beauty.

The Inventor
Matteo Ferroni was visiting professor at universities in Bamako, London and Mexico City and he's lecturing worldwide. His work is deeply marked by a humanistic approach to the discipline and has been published in major international medias and in the catalogues of Vitra Design Museum and MoMA. He started his practice at the age of 30 when he was commissioned by world renowned theatre director Luca Ronconi to design the permanent residence of Centro Teatrale Santacristina. In 2012 Matteo Ferroni drew worldwide attention for his project in rural Mali 'Foroba Yelen', awarded by the City of Barcelona with FAD and permanently exhibited at the Biosphere de Montreal as a model of integration between technology, culture and nature.

Location
Mali
EARTHSHIP

EARTHSHIP

The Project
The Earthship is a building made by recycling waste. It is made by tires which constitute the support structure, and by plastic bottles and cans used for the partitions. The house is self-sufficient: it generates electricity through a solar system, rainwater collectors, and it recycles waste water to power a greenhouse in order to let organic food to grow.

The Inventor
Michael Reynolds is an American architect based in New Mexico, known for the design and construction of earthship passive solar houses. He is a proponent of "radically sustainable living". He has been a critic of the profession of architecture for reusing unconventional building materials from waste streams, such as automobile tires, and is known for designs that test the limits of building codes.

Location
New Mexico

Data
5.000 Earthships have been built so far.
PLANTALAMPARA

PLANTALAMPARA

The Project
The Plant Lamp system uses energy from the process photosynthesis to power lamps for the rural community. A team from UTEC worked to create a solution, using materials found in abundance in la selva: plants and soil. The clean energy system harnesses the energy created through the natural process of photosynthesis in a grid of electrodes, which is then stored in a battery used to power a LED light bulb.

The Inventor
Peru’s Universidad de Ingeniería and Tecnología (UTEC) team and the ad agency FCB Mayo.

Location
Peru

Data
10 lamps powered by photosynthesis to provide clean energy to a remote village in Peru
WARKA WATER

WARKA WATER

The Project
Warka Water is an alternative water source to rural population that faces challenges in accessing drinkable water. It is first and foremost an architecture project. WW should not be considered as the solution to all water problems in developing countries but rather as a tool that can provide clean water in selected areas, particularly in mountainous regions where conventional pipelines will never reach and where water is not available from wells. These remote communities, often with limited financial means, struggle to find reliable supplies of clean water for the people, the animals and for agriculture. WW is designed to be owned and operated by the villagers, a key factor that should help guarantee the success of the project. WW not only provides a fundamental resource for life – water – but also creates a social place for the community, where people can gather under the shade of its canopy for education and public meetings.

The Inventor
Arturo Vittori. Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer. He is the cofounder of Warka Water NGO and director of the design studio “Architecture and Vision”.

Location
Ethiopia

Data
Structural data here: http://www.warkawater.org/design

About Us

Green Capital Alliance (GCA) is the international solutions based platform created in 2015 by Officinae Verdi, the energy investment company founded by UniCredit and the WWF Foundation (Italy). GCA was created to accelerate scalable cleantech and pertinent digital innovations by using sustainable finance, supporting the paradigm shift towards a green | circular economy.

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