How is everyone's summer? Mine is flying by quickly!
Over the past week, I have been doing a lot of research with different
sources to get a concept behind my Challenge innovation. I have narrowed my focus and I'm ready to take my project to the next step.
The first area that I have been working on is analyzing the problem itself that
I want to solve. I have been doing research with different sources on electrical power in developing countries.
I learned that over 1.5 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity! This is a quarter of the world’s population and most of this group lives in Asia and Africa.
Not having access to electricity creates a lot of other social and economic
Think about it: There are no lights to read by, no electricity to power
appliances. We take for granted many appliances like refrigerators for keeping food fresh or ovens to cook food. Imagine your life without all this!
But now take it a step further: The lack of power creates other issues. People with no
electricity are forced to cook with open fires in their homes which causes health and safety issues.
It doesn't stop there! The problem becomes bigger as you go on. With no electricity, people can’t have access to communication, computers or even phones. It denies
opportunities for education or to be involved in politics and government. It creates an endless circle of life challenges that can’t be escaped!
To see the cycle of no power, just click below.
This is a tremendous problem. I thought it was too big and that maybe it
would be too hard to solve. But then it came to me that the key is looking at patterns behind the problem. Analyzing patterns in the problem leads to finding solutions.
I looked for patterns and I saw a couple of things.
Providing power is difficult in developing regions because there is no infrastructure and there is no access to technology. A village in a remote area does not have access to a power grid or resources to build one.
So I have observed that making a system portable and accessible is important.
I also see that a power source has to adapt to conditions. For example, in a remote village in South Eastern Asia you need a system that can function in limited space like in a jungle area. This narrows options further.
My concept looks like a good candidate but it has to include being accessible and portable. My approach is to think differently and to be unique in my design.
Another critical pattern in the problem is the need for a power source that's easy to
use and requires no technical knowledge or special maintenance.
There's the key to attacking the problem: Portability and Simplicity!!
I am doing more research looking for more patterns to attack the problem but I think I am off to a good start.
So far in my journey everything is coming together. KNOCK ON WOOD! but the real challenges are yet to come! Until next time, see ya!