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Students from three neighboring universities have teamed up to design and build a solar-powered home that could be deployed after a natural disaster hits a town.
Team Kentuckiana makes use of the engineering, business and communication skills from the University of Louisville, the architecture and construction expertise from Ball State University, and engineering support from University of Kentucky. The Phoenix House, inspired by the mythical Phoenix bird that rises from its own ashes, is a prefabricated, modular home designed for a small family on a modest budget. The 7.8 kW solar system provides all the power necessary for the home and can operate off-grid in the wake of a disaster. Nonprofits cobble together clean energy solutions in the wake of the earthquake, but more planning is needed. The cleantech sector needs to work more cohesively with large NGOs and local stakeholders before disasters happen, say professionals in the field. For starters, off-grid solar systems or microgrids that are used in "blue-sky" conditions are not even close to what is needed right after a disaster. Getting shipments through the airport is not being considered in the short term, as the airport is already overwhelmed and the government is controlling what can come in and out. SunFarmer was well positioned to try to coordinate solar assets for the relief effort because it already had staff on the ground that understood local supply chains and stakeholders.
Instead of trying to build relationships with large NGOs, SunFarmer started with the organizations it already had a history with, including Practical Action, American Nepal Medical Foundation and One Heart World-Wide, all of which have a long history in Nepal and in some of the areas most affected by the earthquake.
SunFarmer’s staff kept hearing that water purification was one of the most pressing needs, so they began looking for solar-powered water purification that could be brought over land from India.
Water is critical, but the most important technology in the domain of clean energy disaster relief is the solar lantern.
Employees of Gham Power prepare basic solar lights and charging services for rescue workers in Nepal.
One global player that has tried to bring solar and LED technologies to a major NGO is the Ikea Foundation, which has provided millions of dollars to the UNHCR for solar lanterns and street lights in refugee camps.
Even for an international powerhouse like Ikea, building comprehensive, disaster-ready solutions requires significant investment. The immediate need for clean water and basic power is acute in Nepal, but as in many other developing nations, it will take years to recover from a natural disaster of this scale.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the mid-Atlantic states that were hardest hit began investing in strategically located microgrids to keep critical facilities functioning in the case of another disaster.


SunFarmer is working with NGOs like Winrock to ensure that the larger solar PV systems will ultimately end up in a health facility or school. Solar flares release energy in many forms – high intensity electro-magnetic radiation (Gamma rays, X-rays, UV), energetic particles (protons and electrons), and mass flows. A daily natural disasters list (published everyday) includes details of all (almost) natural disasters occurred worldwide. The natural disasters that really affect people worldwide tend to become more intense as the years go on.
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The prefabricated Phoenix House rises from the rubble and is designed to help build more resilient communities after a natural disaster.
The team joined forces in response to a common goal – helping communities recover after a natural disaster. Meanwhile, the home is constructed of durable and low-maintenance materials that can withstand time and severe storms. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.
Along with colleagues Kushal Gautam and Sneha Bhandari, Malla is trying to collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help bring solar water purifiers and small solar-powered systems, under 200 watts, to villages in the hills hit hardest by the earthquake. With a traumatized population that has dealt with more than 100 aftershocks and new earthquakes, deploying novel technology is a monumental task.
Clean energy technologies, especially solar-powered generators, seem like a logical choice during disaster relief efforts, as they do not require fuel supplies to be shipped in. In some cases, that would involve rethinking how the organizations use power during a crisis, what standard equipment and interconnections look like, and how clean energy could scale in a disaster. SunFarmer, supported in part by SunEdison, usually deploys 2-kilowatt systems with battery backups to remote hospitals.
When that proved to be too time-consuming, they began assembling their own by connecting purification devices to small plug-and-play systems they already had sourced in-country. In the wake of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, D.light provided tens of thousands of solar lanterns.
Ikea engineers and the UNHCR spent years developing the flat-pack Better Shelter, a temporary shelter with a lifespan of three years that can be used for disaster victims and refugee camps.
As Nepal cobbles its power system back together in the capital, it has an opportunity to think about the improved resilience that distributed clean energy solutions can provide.
But the price for such systems remains high, and smaller, more simplified solutions will be needed in regions that were already suffering from energy poverty before a natural disaster.


Many of the hardest hit areas in Nepal did not have reliable electricity before the earthquake, so any solar assets deployed now will continue to be of value as rebuilding begins.
In many regions, organized agricultural cooperatives will have responsibility for the solar system to ensure it ends up where it is meant to be.
X-class solar flares can endanger spacecraft and astronauts in orbit, interfere with satellite signals, as well as damage power lines and other infrastructure on the ground.
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Built with durability and longevity in mind, the home can provide its own power and produce and also offers up a safe room in case of tornadoes.
Their work is inspired by the destruction and havoc that resulted from the EF-4 tornado that hit Henryville, Indiana on March 2, 2012.
The roofs are raised and trusses are inserted to create a pitched roof perfect for a photovoltaic array and rainwater collection. Unlike more traditional technologies such as diesel generators, however, they are often not considered by NGOs during the planning process and are not warehoused and ready to go when emergencies happen. The nonprofit also hopes to bring in twenty 200-watt systems donated by SunEdison from India to be used in health clinics. In Nepal, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sent out 8,000 solar lanterns to Kathmandu and the hilly districts of Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Sindhuli. Those are questions not just for developing nations, but for every region in the aftermath of a disaster. Team Kentuckiana (University of Louisville, Ball State University, and University of Kentucky) will showcase the Phoenix House this fall at the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition.
The team’s goal is to design and build a home that can be used as permanent post-disaster housing to help communities rebuild and grow even stronger. Inside, the compact home has a spacious feeling open floor plan living, dining and kitchen area, with two bedrooms and a bathroom on one end. Outside, ample deck space extends living areas to the out of doors and planters are used to grow food for the house. SunFarmer has donated $25,000 of its own funds and has collected donations, largely from the cleantech community, with the goal of helping 100 health clinics in Nepal affected by the earthquake meet their basic needs. Lower ceilings over the bedrooms create a loft that can be used for additional storage and multipurpose furnishings allow the home to change on demand to accommodate guests.




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