In the UK, we take electricity for granted. Think about what youll do when you get home from school tonight. If its winter, youll probably turn on the light and warm yourself up by a radiator. You might switch on the TV or listen to some music. Perhaps youll play some computer games or do your homework on a computer. You could boil the kettle to make a cup of coffee, or cook your tea in a microwave. At bedtime you might have a shower and dry your hair with a hairdryer.
Have you ever thought how different your life would be without electricity? This is the situation in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas. Lighting might come from kerosene, which has to be bought and transported, is messy and can be dangerous if it isnt handled with care. Radios and TVs are powered by batteries, which have to be recharged regularly.
Is there a sustainable alternative for families living in remote areas without mains electricity? A power source that is renewable and safe, while still providing the power they need for lighting, cooking and home entertainment?