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Innovating Technologies for the Poorest 2 Billion

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  • UserProfessor Ashok Gadgil Division Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • ClockThursday 16 May 2013, 11:00-12:00
  • HouseCavendish Laboratory, Small Lecture Theatre.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Nalin Patel.

I will start with a brief summary of the current thinking at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the climate change problem, and our efforts to contribute to its management.

Then I will describe two recent technology innovations intended to improve the lives of tens – possibly hundreds – of millions of people among the poorest 2 billion people on the planet. Both technologies have emerged in the last few years from focused, goal-driven research by teams of creative, hard working researchers in my laboratory and in the field. The Berkeley-Darfur Stove is an inexpensive fuel-efficient biomass stove for displaced women and girls in Darfur, Sudan. The second technology, ECAR (Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation), affordably removes arsenic from groundwater supplies used for drinking water in Bangladesh and neighboring regions.

I will close the presentation with the six key lessons I learned from my work in technology innovation.

This talk is part of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability series.

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