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Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives?

Meet Jessica, a real power player: she invented a soccer ball that generates electricity when you kick it. Play a quick game of soccer with your friends, and you can power your household light for an entire evening.

Jessica tested her idea in South Africa and Kenya. Now she has her own company called sOccket to help her spread her big idea all over the world. And she's not the only young social innovator changing where and how we can get power.

Meet Hugo, born and raised in South Africa. He makes technology that allows anyone, anywhere to make electricity from dirt in their own backyard. To share his solution, Hugo started a company called Lebone -- pronounced [La - bo - ney] -- it's the Northern Sotho word for light, lamp, or candle.

Your LEARN mission this week is to figure out: Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives? Find someone working on a creative electricity project, or a sustainable energy project -- and tell the network about their big idea.

Find the power players:

Try searching "social entrepreneur" and "electricity", OR "social innovation" and "energy", OR "sustainable energy" and "creative solution". Whose great idea can YOU discover?

Your objective:

Find a POWER PLAYER: someone who is working on an amazing electricity or sustainable energy project. Share your discovery with the network in a blog post, photo or video.

This objective is worth +3 knowledge share.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!


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Comment by DMA on April 12, 2011 at 6:51pm
Geothermal energy technology relies on heat generated at the earth’s core to provide heat, electricity, and clean water, for industrial, educational, and residential properties. The power of geothermal energy is not a new form of energy; it can be traced back to the bathhouses of Rome. The innovation lies in advanced application of a primitive technology. Geothermal energy is more practical than solar or wind power because it can be utilized to power any land based structure, and it is a self-replenishing source of energy. Coneco Geothermal Systems is already using this technology for heating and cooling houses in the United States.
Geothermal energy is equivalent to 42 million mega watts of energy, and will remain at this output for billions of years. The process of converting this heat into electricity, heat, or clean water is relatively simple. It relies on steam power from underground reservoirs of hot water. Wells are drilled to bring this hot water to the surface; where the heat is transformed from water into energy at a geothermal power plant. Below is a model for a geothermal power plant in California used to clean water.

The benefits of using geothermal technology over solar and wind power are due to sustainability and its ability to be stored in the power grid. Solar and wind energy are relatively sustainable depending on geographic location, but not nearly as much as geothermal energy. There are certain parts of the world that are more suitable to harness the heat from the earth’s core than others; however, geothermal energy can be utilized anywhere, and can be used as needed – when needed. Solar and wind energy have limited storage capacity at best. Although more research and development is needed before we can fully harness the power of geothermal energy; it has already proven itself to be effective, and efficient.
Comment by Sam D on May 10, 2010 at 9:37am
While in India, was lucky enough to visit Barefoot College in Tiloniya, Rahjastan. Much of the food to feed workers, residents and visitors was cooked during the day in a solar oven, constructed from locally available materials, including painted, cut glass to make mirrors, frames and clockwork systems constructed from reused bicycle parts. http://www.barefootcollege.org/sol_approach.asp
Comment by Michael Byers on May 10, 2010 at 5:43am
Comment by richard gonzalez on May 6, 2010 at 11:41pm
what keep us going everyday i think is the rain and the sun becuase without those to things we all are prob dead today..the sun does so much for us everyday creates energy and if its not sunny its raining and the rain does just as much as the sun becuase its keeps our crops fresh
Comment by Luke Sokolewicz on May 4, 2010 at 12:51am
Check out this guy's blog. It's all about the intersection of Society and Technology.

Comment by Gilford T Hapanyengwi on May 2, 2010 at 9:28pm
There is so much sunshine in Zimbabwe, everyday there is sunshine in Zimbabwe for all 365 days. There used to be a very vibrant solar power research group at the University of Zimbabwe. To me this is imperative. I remember at the Development Technology Centre having some sadza, local pup, thick porridge made from maize meal, from a solar power stove. It makes sense for my neck of the woods to go solar.
Comment by Iman Chemais on April 25, 2010 at 10:38pm
You have many things to do to save the energy powers by buy recycle products or you can use the cycle instate for a car.
Comment by Christian North on April 25, 2010 at 12:33am
sincerely i do not agree with Nuclear Energy as i think the investment is too high for the return and exposure to radioactive waste, even when managed properly it generates another problem....but I found this, "EnergyRefuge.com provides alternative energy news, environmental articles, and energy saving tips. We focus on alternative energy because it is now being looked at as a means of fueling our economy as we move away from oil dependence. There is an oil crisis that is raging overseas, in our government, and at home. People are starting to look at alternative energy such as solar, nuclear, ethanol, and biodiesel energies."
Comment by Jarrod Alagao on April 21, 2010 at 3:24am
Onions taste good, they satisfy your tastebuds, they help your lungs, they make you cry, and they obviously produce electricity http://energyboom.com/biofuels/company-converts-onion-waste-energy
Comment by Rebecca Jo Girdner on April 17, 2010 at 9:15pm
I dont think I am getting my badges for my missions. Is there a problem?
Comment by David Alejandro Ramirez on April 17, 2010 at 1:07am
Well internet is pure magic when you have people investigating and making the same we do here it make information reach us and not the other way around so I bring this to you whith the Occam razor http://www.nextnature.net/2008/12/bacteria-that-eat-waste-s***-petrol/
and finaly conserving energy and producing it on your own home
Comment by Ugn Brnrd on April 15, 2010 at 9:58pm
I found a Energy center in California. Check them out on their website... www.energycenter.org This is what i pulled from their site.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that helps residents, businesses and public agencies save energy, reduce grid demand and generate their own power through a variety of rebate, technical assistance and education programs. CCSE also provides the community with objective information, research, analysis and long-term planning on energy issues and technologies.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy promotes change for a clean energy future.
Comment by Joseph Cardillo on April 12, 2010 at 9:01am
New green inventions at this website. Check it out.
Comment by nomadHAR on April 11, 2010 at 2:32am
perhaps we should also research ways of REDUCING our power usage.

alternative power solutions won't fix the fact that our power usage is out of control.

Comment by jonathan on April 7, 2010 at 7:52pm
mission 4,learn
Comment by jonathan on April 7, 2010 at 7:51pm
mission 2,learn
Comment by Colinos on April 3, 2010 at 10:00am
Just checked out the pavement generator. It looks like it would take a wh*** street to power one light bulb! Also I love it when journalists quote power per unit time :-P
Comment by Rory Dekidjiev on April 3, 2010 at 8:32am
Comment by May Lew on April 1, 2010 at 12:10pm
Comment by LunarLight on March 30, 2010 at 9:19pm
I once saw a TV show about creative was to make energy. One of them was to make the energy of foot traffic on sidewalks power the nearby buildings. What show was that?

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