Billions in Change 2 offers new inventions to solve world’s biggest problems

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/13/2017 7:09:23 AM

New Delhi, Oct 12 (Agencies): Indian-born billionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Manoj Bhargava believes those with wealth have a duty to serve those with less. He has committed over 99 percent of his fortune to improving quality of life for the ‘unlucky half of the world,’ namely by funding the development and deployment of inventions that help people meet their basic needs. Bhargava’s unique approach to philanthropy was originally chronicled in the 2015 documentary film, Billions in Change, which featured four solutions created by Stage 2, Bhargava’s invention shop in Farmington Hills, Michigan (USA), dealing with energy, water, and health.
“Lights, clean water and nutritious food are the foundation of health, education, and livelihood,” says Bhargava. “Without them it’s impossible to live a productive life and care for your family,” he adds.
Billions in Change 2 is the follow-up to the first documentary, and unveils five wholly new inventions that directly address those fundamentals. “That was the story of what we’d been doing,” Bhargava says referring to the original film. “This is the story of what we’ve done.” All of the solutions featured in Billions in Change 2 have been field-tested, and all will be life changing for those who use them.
The HANS™ PowerPack and HANS™ Solar Briefcase address a problem that plagues nearly 3 billion people worldwide: lack of reliable access to electricity. For a rural household, school, or small business, the combination of the HANS™ Solar Briefcase and HANS™ PowerPack will meet most electrical needs. Together, they are like a miniature power station, except there’s no fuel to buy and no pollution.
The HANS™ PowerPack is a lightweight, portable power device that allows people to easily generate and store electricity for basic uses, such as lights, fans, and mobile devices. It includes a spotlight and room lighting, a USB port, and a 12-volt outlet for running small electronics. It can be recharged for free using the built-in solar panel, the HANS™ Solar Briefcase, or the HANS™ Free Electric bike (featured in the original Billions in Change film). It can also be plugged into a regular wall socket and charged off the grid. For those who receive electricity 2-3 hours per day, the HANS™ PowerPack can be charged when the utility is sending power, and then used during outage periods. The HANS™ PowerPack is constructed from the same material used to make bulletproof glass and comes with a 12-year warranty, so it’s made to last.
The HANS™ Solar Briefcase is a lightweight, portable, and simple-to-use set of solar panels designed for charging the HANS™ PowerPack from virtually anywhere on Earth. Created with portability and durability in mind, the HANS™ Solar Briefcase avoids the serious problems that make glass rooftop panels impractical.
Stage 2 developed two new RainMaker inventions for the billions of people who either lack access to safe drinking water, or live in areas threatened by shrinking water supplies.
The RainMaker for Brackish Water is a water filtration unit for use at the village level, which takes the salts and other minerals out of brackish water so it can be used for both drinking and agriculture. The device simply attaches to the water source, uses minimal electricity from a small generator, and begins working immediately.
The RainMaker for Grey water is a small, self-contained unit that uses a series of filters to purify any type of dirty water—river water, sewage water, bacteria-filled water, well water. It also is intended for use at the village level and can be installed and used immediately. If electricity is not available, RainMaker for Grey Water can be used with a manual pump or a bike pump.

 

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