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Light the World Inc.
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Every Child Deserves a Nightlight!
Every Child Deserves a Nightlight!

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Latest updates on the circuit board and lamp designs. 
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You are looking the latest version of our LED Lamp. It is a two-piece, spun aluminum design. The first major change is the switch to the two piece design. The lower (inner) piece has a hole in the center-top of it which is covered by the top piece held in by 4 bolts with wide spacers to maintain the distance. The function of this is to provide heat, generated from the LED circuit board, an avenue which to escape while still being drip proof. The top piece has also been changed to allow for a strain relief which locks in the wiring and will be able to bear the weight of the lamp.

At the moment the finish of the two spun aluminum has not been decided.

If wish to comment feel free to do so on the on the Crowdsourcing Forum; http://light-the-world.org/index.php/engineering-solutions-2/engineering-forum/concept-for-discussion-please-improve/9-fixture
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I am very excited to report that after a meeting with EPRI in TN, EPRI has agreed to test our pilot DC Micro-Grid Systems before our first deployments. 

This is fantastic news and I would like to thank EPRI for offering their expertise and resources to further our goal of bringing lighting to those who are forced to live without it. 
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1.2 Billion People without Electricity… Will You Help? 

The people that live by firelight when the sun goes down are mostly poor.  There is little incentive for companies to build traditional electrical infrastructure to meet their needs.   “Light the World Inc.”  is a non-profit, charitable organization that is working with utilities in Africa and Asia to change the way electrical systems are developed in energy poor areas.    

We are designing an electrical system that is optimized for cost using LED lighting, solar, small wind, thermal renewable generation and energy storage. Our development effort includes designing a DC Micro Grid, a DC Mini Grid and ties to connect AC distribution to the DC Grids.  You can read about “Light the World’s” approach and its benefits at:  http://light-the-world.org/.  

We are seeking individual volunteers and EWB Chapters who are willing to help design our solution.   Even one hour of the right engineers’ time can make a big difference to our effort. 

If you have questions or would like to help, you can contact me through linked in or send me an email at:  mark-dudzinski@light-the-world.org. 
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1.2 Billion People without Electricity… Will You Help? 

The people that live by firelight when the sun goes down are mostly poor.  There is little incentive for companies to build traditional electrical infrastructure to meet their needs.   “Light the World Inc.”  is a non-profit, charitable organization that is working with utilities in Africa and Asia to change the way electrical systems are developed in energy poor areas.    

We are designing an electrical system that is optimized for cost using LED lighting, solar, small wind, thermal renewable generation and energy storage. Our development effort includes designing a DC Micro Grid, a DC Mini Grid and ties to connect AC distribution to the DC Grids.  You can read about “Light the World’s” approach and its benefits at:  http://light-the-world.org/.  

We are seeking individual volunteers and EWB Chapters who are willing to help design our solution.   Even one hour of the right engineers’ time can make a big difference to our effort. 

If you have questions or would like to help, you can contact me through linked in or send me an email at:  mark-dudzinski@light-the-world.org. 
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Powerless St. Lucia Gallery

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I hosted a Q&A session via skype, discussing our crowdsourcing solution center.  Check out what makes us different by watching this video/ 
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Skype presentation given by Scott Dudzinski discussing the Light-the-world.org crowdsourcing solution center.
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Light the World Update
November 2013

Welcome to the November update from Light the World, a Non-Profit, Charitable Organization dedicated to bringing cost effective electricity to the 1.2 Billion People who live without lighting when the sun goes down. 

501(c)3 Update … GREAT NEWS !
Light the World is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia. It is also licensed Georgia charity. Light the World now has 501(c)3 status under the US Internal Revenue Code.  Being granted this status by the IRS is important since most US foundations require this classification for grant recipients.  In addition, contributions by individuals to Light the World can now be deducted by on US income taxes.

Pilot Systems
Light the World plans to deliver 500 pilot systems in 2014.  We have now submitted a proposal to deploy pilot systems to a utility in Africa.  Negotiations are just beginning, but we hope to have an agreement before the end of the year.  In addition, we have interest from a utility in Southeast Asia.   We plan to begin discussion with them in January. 

Micro Grid Specification
Version 1 of the residence level micro grid specification has been issued for comment.   Please contact Scott Dudzinski to obtain a copy if you would like to review the spec and comment.  
Scott-Dudzinski@light-the-world.org

Urgently Recruiting Design Volunteers 
Meeting our objective of delivering 500 pilot systems in 2014 and 15,000+ systems every year thereafter is highly dependent on having sufficient design volunteers.

The high level design concepts for Light the World's DC mini grid, micro grid, and lighting solutions are posted on the website. Light the World is actively recruiting volunteers to help complete its systems and component designs.   We need the help of people with experience in electrical and solar system design, LED lighting, electronic design, electronic packaging, lighting design, protection engineers, circuit board layout, selecting electrical components, manufacturing engineering and more.  Volunteers can contribute any amount of time that their schedule permits.  In fact, having one hour of the right person’s time can make a big difference.  Sign up at :   http://light-the-world.org/index.php/sign-up/sign-up-here

Help Recruit Friends of Light the World!
We would like to greatly expand the number of people registered as “Light the World” friends.  If you know of others who may be interested in how Light the World plans to bring electricity and lighting to some of the 1.2 billion people in the world who live by firelight, please encourage them to register:  Signing up is easy, just click on “Register Here” on the homepage or go to: http://light-the-world.org/index.php/sign-up/sign-up-here

Light the Worlds Expanding Social Media Presence
We are expanding our presence on social media to try to gather more support in our effort to bring electricity and lighting to those who live by firelight.   

Video Update
Here is the link to month’s video: 501(c)3 Status, Electrification's Impact, CSC Update 

Thank you for your contributions
We are rapidly approaching the time when we will need to order prototypes of equipment we would supply as part of our micro grid system.   If you would like to contribute, you can do so through the website.  To those who have contributed, thank you.

Electricity’s Positive Impact
According to the World Bank Study in India, providing electricity to those who lack it has a very positive impact..  Electricity access:
• Increases school enrollment by almost 6% for boys and 7.4% for girls. 
• Employment hours go up by 17% for women and 1.5% for men 
• Household income per capita goes up by 38.6% 
• The poverty rate declines by 13.3% (Average family of 5, making at or under $1 per day) 

Visit: Light-the-World.org
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