A solution to our centralised (inefficient), carbon intensive energy system is to start to develop distributed, off-grid renewable energy solutions. We are supporting this initiative by the UNDP and NESTA to search for prize-worthy, renewable energy innovators:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now issuing a challenge to find a renewable energy solution capable of providing off-grid power to cover the needs of an average war-returnee family in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Video about the challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s9LTLotHQkQ
The challenge is to design a sustainable, cost-effective solution for a standalone, off-grid renewable energy supply that can produce an average of 2,25 kWh and 120 litres of hot-water a day, to cover the needs of an average returnee family in rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina that will not cost more than €5.000.
The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize. In addition, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina will pilot the winning solution in a rural area for up to 50 returnee families in 2013.
Furthermore the winning solution might be replicated in other parts of the world to produce off-grid renewable energy for refugees and returnees. The market potential for the challenge prize winner is significant.
Deadline for entry: 12pm, Wednesday 1 May, 2013
Contact short-listed: 12pm, Friday 31 May 2013
Confirmation of the winner: Summer 2013
More information on: http://www.nesta.org.uk/areas_of_work/challengeprizes/assets/features/undp_prize