One and a half billion people lack access to electricity

One and half billion people are still living in darkness.

That’s the assessment of the World Health Organization (WHO), which also finds that three billion people — almost half of humanity — still rely on solid fuels.

These statistics have real consequences, far beyond a simple lack of modern luxuries. As the WHO explains, “For those living in extreme poverty, a lack of access to energy services dramatically affects and undermines health, limits opportunities for education and development, and can reduce a family’s potential to rise up out of poverty.” Additionally, two million deaths are caused annually from the indoor burning of solid fuels.

The World Energy Outlook, widely recognized as the most authoritative source for global energy projections, comes to a similar conclusion:

“Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country’s economic development. Access to modern energy is essential for the provision of clean water, sanitation and healthcare and for the provision of reliable and efficient lighting, heating, cooking, mechanical power, transport and telecommunications services.” (See Modern energy for all: why it matters )

For the same reasons, the World Bank also prioritizes support for rural energy access. (See Energy Access )

The people lacking energy, including electricity, are mainly in either developing Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, and in rural areas. The infrastructure for long distance transmission of electricity does not exist in most of these areas, and the construction of large scale power plants is not economically feasible.

The ECO-Auger represents a realistic solution for many such remote areas. It is several orders of magnitude less expensive than a full-scale power plant, and about one tenth the cost of most water turbines, which also require much more intensive construction and support due to their location at the bottom of rivers or tidal areas. Even more traditional hydro power requires large scale construction for the creation of dams.

Floating near the water’s surface, ECO-Auger can be placed in convenient locations – in relatively shallow waters; relatively close to shore; or tethered to bridges or other structures. Its integral service pontoon allows for easy installation and service, and its low price means rural citizens can begin with a single ECO-Auger and begin reaping the benefits of electricity quickly, adding more ECO-Augers as budget allows. For remote locales and other scenarios (including other construction projects) that currently rely on diesel generators to produce electricity, the use of ECO-Augers would also eliminate a significant source of pollution.

The ECO-Auger’s blade-less design also means it requires less cleaning by local operators, and that it will not harm local marine life.

ECO-Auger already has commitments from countries around the world, eager to deploy this convenient, inexpensive and expandable source of clean energy. See  why these factors – and the enormous, untapped world-wide market – make ECO-Auger a potentially game-changing choice for the world’s energy needs, and an outstanding investment.

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