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October 2013 News Letter

Light the World Update
October 2013
Welcome to the October update from Light the World, a Non-Profit, Charitable Organization dedicated to bringing cost effective electricity to the 1.2 Billion People who live without lighting when the sun goes down.

500 Pilot Systems
Light the World plans to deliver 500 pilot systems in 2014. Negotiations will begin shortly with two utilities in Africa. In addition, we have interest from a utility in Southeast Asia and potentially one in Latin America. Our objective is to have the first agreement in place by the end of November.

Recruiting Design Volunteers
Meeting our objective of delivering 500 pilot systems in 2014 and 15,000+ systems every year thereafter is highly dependent on having sufficient design volunteers.


The high level design concepts for Light the World's DC mini grid, micro grid, and lighting solutions are posted on the website. Light the World is actively recruiting volunteers to help complete its systems and component designs. We need the help of people with experience in electrical and solar system design, LED lighting, electronic design, electronic packaging, lighting design, protection engineers, circuit board layout, selecting electrical components, manufacturing engineering and more. Volunteers can contribute any amount of time that their schedule permits. In fact, having one hour of the right person’s time can make a big difference.

Sign up at http://light-the-world.org/index.php/sign-up/sign-up-here.

Light the World presentation made in Tanzania
A presentation titled "Build the Grid from the Consumer to the Power Plant for a Faster, more Effective, Greener and less costly approach to Electrification” was presented by Greg Tosen, ESKOM at the joint IERE/PIESA conference in September. It describes the technology and economics to the Light the World approach. The slides and text of the presentation is available on the website.


This presentation is part of Light the Worlds effort to change how electric utilities plan for the expansion of their infrastructure to provide electricity to people who do not have it.


501(c)3 Update
Light the World is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia. It is also licensed Georgia charity. On May 6, Light the World submitted its application for 501(c)3 status under the US Internal Revenue Code. The IRS assigned our application to an agent in September. The IRS has asked only three questions; One relating to the paperwork, one on the use of carbon credits and one on the salaries that we included in the budget. Unfortunately, the US Government is now shut down and we have not heard anything since sending our response on September 26. Being granted this status by the IRS is important since most US foundations require this classification for grant recipients.

Thank you to Jennifer Merrill.
Jennifer has agreed to take the leadership role to develop the LED lighting for Light the World. She is an experienced mechanical engineer. You can read about her background on the website. She is assembling the team to work on this project, so if you have an interest in this area, please contact Jenn, Samar or Mark.

Welcome to Bartosz Wojszczyk
We would like to welcome Bartosz Wojszczyk as Light the World’s advisor for SE Asia. Bartosz is the Chief Technology Officer for MERELCO in the Philippines. A brief bio is available on the website.

Friends of Light the World continue to grow!
Today, there are 72 registered "Friends of Light the World". We would like to greatly expand that number. If you know of others who may be interested in how Light the World plans to bring electricity and lighting to some of the 1.2 billion people in the world who live by firelight, please encourage them to register.

Light the Worlds Expanding Social Media Presence
We are expanding our presence on social media to try to gather more support in our effort to bring electricity and lighting to those who live by firelight. You can check out our new sites at: 

Google +: https://plus.google.com/117820790047672175130/posts
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/LightTheWorldCharity
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/light-the-world/

Thank you for your contributions
We are rapidly approaching the time when we will need to order prototypes of equipment we would supply as part of our micro grid system. If you would like to contribute, you can do so through the website. To those who have contributed, thank you.


An Interesting Point in Light the Worlds Development
We are now at a point where many things need to come together at the same time. We have utilities interested in pursuing our electrification strategy and negotiations are starting, we have some volunteers but we need many more volunteers to help with the design, the government shutdown is delaying the 501(c)3 approval from the IRS which is required to receive grants from foundations, and we are in the process of writing grant applications to raise the money we need to deliver systems. With more hard work and some luck, we can begin supplying electricity and changing people’s lives soon.

Visit: Light-the-World.org

LTW Presentation at IERE/PIESA African Forum

Greg Tosen, Light the World's adviser to Sub Saharan Africa, helped both Mark Dudzinski and Scott Dudzinski put together this presentation and then presented it to the IERE PIESA African Forum in Tanzania, Africa. The presentation discusses a new model for electric utility companies in developing countries. The primary focus of which is reverse grid development & renewable energy. 

Check out the presentation here: A faster more effective, greener and less costly approach to electrification

A Faster, Greener, and Less Costly Approach to Electrification

Greg Tosen, Light the World's adviser to Sub Saharan Africa, helped both Mark Dudzinski and Scott Dudzinski put together this presentation and then presented it to the IERE PIESA African Forum in Tanzania, Africa. The presentation discusses a new model for electric utility companies in developing countries. The primary focus of which is reverse grid development & renewable energy. 

Check out the presentation here: A faster more effective, greener and less costly approach to electrification

LED Lighting Design Team Lead; Jenn Merrill

Light the World is very excited to welcome Jennifer Merrill as the team leader for the L.E.D. Lighting Design Team.  She started as a Work Center Lead at Harris Corporation, in a few short years she has progressed through various positions managing a large number of people responsible for process development, tooling design and scheduling for development manufacturing program. 

Off the Grid: Response by Mark Dudzinski

 

Bryan Walsh’s article “Off the Grid” is spot on.  It takes a lot of capital to bring power to the 1.3 Billion people in the world who live without electricity.   As he notes, it is unlikely that sufficient money can be raised to meet the stated need. 

There is an unspoken assumption used to calculate the amount of money that is required to solve the “energy poverty” problem described in the article.  It assumes that the developing world should build the same type of electrical system that we use in the developed world. 

Rethinking this underlying assumption is required. No one would run copper wires to build a telephone system today.  Wireless technology has made that approach obsolete.   The basic design of our electrical grid was put in place during the time of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse more than 100 years ago.  We continue to rely on large central generation with large transmission systems.  This works for developed countries who have so much invested in the present design that it does not make sense to change.  However, the present design is not the grid model that we would deploy today if we started with a clean sheet of paper,   Also, it is not the lowest cost approach to providing electricity to people who are likely to consume less than 7% of the electricity per year versus an average US Household.

Consider that the major uses of electricity in the developing world are for lighting and operating electronics.  The lowest cost, most energy efficient and fastest way to provide these applications in the developing world is with small DC grids.  LED lighting, computers, televisions, cell phones and most late 20th century inventions use DC power.   In the developed world, we convert AC power to run these DC applications.  This adds inefficiency to the system and adds cost.

The Power Africa initiative will provide 20 million households with electricity at a cost of $7 Billion.  That is $3500 per household.  Electricity can be provided that meets the basic needs of those without power for 30% of that figure if you create DC mini grids.

This alternate approach, including a strategy to integrate local DC grids with the main AC grid, has been proposed by Light the World Inc.  This new non-profit is presenting this lower cost strategy to electric utilities at a conference in Tanzania in late September.   It is planning to work with utilities to provide this lower cost solution to 15,000 to 20,000 households per year.   You can read more about its effort at //www.light-the-world.org.

 

Sincerely,

Mark S. Dudzinski
Founder of Light the World Inc.  A non-profit dedicated to bringing cost effective electricity to people who live by firelight
Ex-Chairman of the International Electric Research Exchange, a Tokyo based organization of the electric utility industry.
Former Chief Marketing Officer of GE’s $45 Billion Energy Business.

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