Gravity Powered Lights

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Energy Systems.

Lighting in much of the ‘developing’ world is provided via expensive and polluting kerosene. Kerosene lamps are dangerous, require constant replenishment, and come with significant negative health impacts. So, for the potential benefit of millions of people, London based designers, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves, have spent four years working on an inexpensive, safe and… Read more »

So Where Does the ‘Appropriate’ in ‘Appropriate Technology’ Come From?

Posted by & filed under Energy Systems, Village Development.

by Bob Corker and Tim Barker, PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) So where does the ‘appropriate’ in ‘Appropriate Technology’ come from? To me, it is technology that ‘fits’ well into a place or setting. You’re not further enlightened? Okay, I’ll make some generalizations and go from there. For the ‘technology’ part, I like W. Brian… Read more »

Rocket Oven Nitty Gritty

Posted by & filed under Building, Energy Systems.

by Tim Barker, Koanga Institute The first post on the rocket oven left many with more questions than they started with so this is a follow up to cover some aspects in more detail. It would probably help to re read the first article and my replies to comments as I’m just going to forge… Read more »

The MEGGA-Watt Project Moves Forward

Posted by & filed under Aquaculture, Building, Demonstration Sites, Energy Systems, Fish, Land, Retrofitting, Urban Projects, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Harvesting.

by Rene Michalak The "MEGGA-watt" Project (Micro-Energy Generating Garage Assembly) is a demonstration / prototype to turn everyday detached garages from simple storage units (aka ‘car-holes’) into food-growing and energy-generating systems using permaculture design. The basic concept is to partner a garage with an attached greenhouse and renewable energy to create sustainable 4-season growing systems… Read more »

Rocket Oven! A Permanent Wall Mounted Kitchen Oven

Posted by & filed under Energy Systems.

We’re using this awesome rocket stove powered wall oven for all the catering here at Koanga — it gets daily use and we’re loving it! The amount of wood required is minimal, a tiny fraction of what a regular wood fired stove would use. by Tim Barker During our last workshop at the Koanga Institute,… Read more »