Matthew Orosz and Amy Mueller work with locals in Lesotho to implement their solar ORC system (Photo: STG International)
The Solar ORC setup in Lesotho (Photo: STG International)
Solar power would appear to be an obvious choice for the developing world, but as impoverished regions need systems that are simple, self-operating and cheap to build and maintain, this is generally not the case. The ability to provide heating in addition to electricity would also be beneficial because many communities need hot water has much as they need lights. An MIT team has developed a solution that meets these needs with a solar power system that is an air conditioner built backwards.
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