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I've been an advisor to Amrutdhara since they started work on their alternative to plastic bottles as a solution to clean water. If you've spent any time in India you'll know how much of a problem both ...
Monday, 02 February 2015
I'm a bit delayed sending off this newsletter, I'm sitting in Auroville in Southern India recovering from Cyclone Thane - it took out thousands of trees - 70% of the forest here, there was one across the ...
Monday, 02 January 2012
The MinVayu project announced in the last newsletter, is moving along well, although its been set back by losing its workshop in Cyclone Thane, and Mitra will be with them in India until the end of January ...
Saturday, 31 December 2011
4. The joys of sharing
(About Us/News)
I'm a big fan of, whose lively blog shows how many ways we can improve our lives by sharing. During my recent trip to India I discovered a new angle on it. While riding an electric scooter ...
Saturday, 24 September 2011
... long time. David explained that in India, poor people will not spend money to use a toilet so the models adopted by Sanergy in Kenya are less likely to work. Instead WTN is looking to generate sufficient ...
Saturday, 24 September 2011
The highlight of the last few months has been working with MinVayu. MinVayu's founder, Jorge Ayarza is an US/Ecuadorian wind expert, based in Auroville India who has come up with an interesting analysis. ...
Saturday, 24 September 2011
7. Wherever The Need
... time. David explained that in India, poor people will not spend money to use a toilet so the models adopted by Sanergy in Kenya are less likely to work. Instead WTN is looking to generate sufficient ...
Friday, 16 September 2011
Cleanstar Energy is developing a business model to grow the use of sustainable bio-fuels in India. They are combining oil-seed growth as a complement to existing farm activity, with waste oil processing ...
Friday, 20 May 2011
Villgro identifies and supports rural social innovation in India through a number of programs including a small fund; a mentoring program and an emerging distribution channel. We have been impressed ...
Saturday, 14 May 2011
10. Partners - Harita - Manufacturing support
(Partners/Technical & Engineering)
Natural Innovation is partnering with Harita who have expertise in bringing products to manufacture in India. They will help the innovators that we are working with to select appropriate manufacturers ...
Saturday, 30 April 2011
11. Partners - SELCO Labs - User testing
(Partners/Technical & Engineering)
... Rural Poor by Developing Rural Technologies, Decentralized Clean Energy and Entrepreneurs The Challenge: Innovating for Rural Areas There is a critical need for technological innovation targeting India’s ...
Saturday, 30 April 2011
I've been helping an Indian based Ecuadorian - Jorge Ayarza to develop his idea to train a network of village mechanics to build, install and maintain small wind turbines. He's using an open-source design, ...
Thursday, 24 March 2011
... technical solutions affordable to villages, and that allow a supply chain that can operate without continual donations. This last quarter, I've spent most of the time in India meeting with Social Ventures ...
Thursday, 24 March 2011
... will begin initially in India and Indonesia. Sunvention are still very interested in an investor for the SunPulse Water which has the potential to be commercially viable and have a significant impact. ...
Thursday, 24 March 2011
15. Back in India
(About Us/News)
Mitra is back in India again, continuing to figure better ways to get tehnology into the hands of the people who need it most. And ... its not just "them", it won't matter how much "we" improve our sustainability ...
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
... amount of renewable energy activity. The first was Auroville in India, a planned community of about 2000 people (though they've always planned for many more) with a blend of Tamil's and westerners. I ...
Friday, 24 December 2010
17. Project - Sunvention
(About Us/News)
... liter pumped, overall. Because of delays raising finance, I've just postponed a trip to India to talk to potential distributors, one of which has indicated a likely demand for 50,000 (over €50m) in ...
Friday, 24 December 2010
... But I've enjoyed living in many places, ten countries in all, including reasonably long stints in India, Indonesia, Germany, Portugal, and the US. I really want to thank the people who have opened their ...
Friday, 24 December 2010
19. Innovation: SunPulse Water - solar thermal water pump
(Partners/Innovators & Innovations)
... (typically of this capacity) in India alone. Reaching even 0.1% of this market per year, would generate US$ 25m/year gross profit. Additional markets include any off-grid pumping application in sunny ...
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
20. Consulting Services - Mitra Ardron
(About Us/Getting Involved)
... specialists. Mitra has lived and worked in the US; UK; Australia; India & Russia. Investment Assessment Mitra advises investors on the viability, or otherwise of a potential investment. Typically ...
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

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