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The not-so-desirable hockey stick

Growth – it’s favoured by most people. And exponential growth even more so. An entrepreneur’s, and investor’s, dream is the hockey stick – when growth and revenue suddenly takes off in an unprecedented manner.

This is all fine and dandy when we’re talking in financial terms. But when we switch to climate change – specifically global warming and the earth’s temperature – hockey stick growth is very, very undesirable.

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Energy poverty, no more.

Very far away from the land of dish washers, stadium floodlights and blinking neon signs, it becomes pitch black after the sun sets.

To hundreds of millions in rural India, night literally means darkness. As in impossible to read, have your shop open, or even be able to see what you are eating.

Until now.

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The Indian power industry crisis

India suffers from a major shortage of electricity generation capacity, even though it is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer.

This recent video from the BBC outlines the problems facing India’s struggling power industry:

Electricity distribution network in India is inefficient – losses exceeded 32% in 2010, compared to world average of less than 15%.

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The light bulb, reinvented

Ever since the light bulb was invented in the early 1800’s, its design and function has been gradually improved.

In the early years of the incandescent light bulb, the discovery and development of new materials provided longer life and lower production costs.

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