Power for Good

Google 'Pay as you go' and, before you find any kind of definition, you will have to wade through hundreds of not-to-be-missed offers from mobile phone suppliers, gas companies, local transport providers and even theatres.

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For any manufacturing company, making sure that the supply chain works effectively, from raw materials through to customers, is vital. Sourcing raw materials is fairly straightforward, but getting products to their end users can be a real headache. 

Products such as those made by Freeplay are designed for use by people living off-grid - often in remote, rural locations, in aid and development environments or as part of a major emergency response programme – and they rely on local logistics infrastructures to reach their destination.

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London, 18th January 2016

Freeplay Energy has today announced the launch of Radiance, a high performance, durable solar lantern and mobile phone charger for off-grid families.

Designed specifically for use in emerging markets where access to the energy grid is not available to many, Radiance is ideal for providing bright, reliable and healthy light for low-income families.

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Solar power has long been mooted as an answer to the problem of getting power to the 1.2 billion people around the world who are currently living off-grid – especially those in Africa. The UK government has recently backed solar lighting and the work of GOGLA, the US administration has its Power Africa initiative and a broad range of NGOs and UN agencies have been promoting both large-scale and small-scale solar solutions.

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Over recent days, the people of southern Oman have been preparing for the worst. Cyclone Chapala threatened the city of Salalah and the surrounding area of Dhofar with 200kph winds, the promise of up to eight years’ worth of rainfall in one day and the likelihood of devastating floods.

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Lighting at night is one of the most basic human needs. And for the many millions of people around the world who live off-grid that often means burning things. Diesel, propane, candles, grass, wood and even old tyres are all burned to illuminate life after dark. But the most common fuel for lighting off-grid communities is kerosene.

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