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Quantum Energy & Engineering
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Diego Quan
Avishek Goel
Sanne Wassink

Quantum Energy & Engineering

The challenge

Currently, more than 1 billion people still do not have access to electricity. Of these, 84% resides in the rural world. Even people living in developing nations with established electric grids are the victims of light poverty due to unreliable power and frequent blackouts. Thus, these communities are often forced to use unsafe and pricey candles and kerosene lamps. It is estimated that the use of such primitive sources of light claims the lives of nearly 1.5 million people every year due to respiratory diseases and fires. Moreover, 4 million people die prematurely every year due to the use of kerosene lamps and other forms of activities resulting in household air pollution. Furthermore, as per WHO every 3 in 10 people worldwide (nearly 2.1 billion) lack access to safe and clean drinking water at home.

The solution

A kettle for boiling water which harvests waste heat from a wood burning stove and generates clean electricity enough to light a room for less money than candles or kerosene lamps. Aside from clean lighting, it will also provide its consumers with clean drinking water (free from harmful pathogens).

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