- Renewable Energy Technology
- Powering Rural Health and Education
- Technology Transfer and Training
- MATT OROSZ -
- AMY MUELLER -
Ongoing work has focused on continued technology development, monitoring of field installations in Lesotho, and promotion of local technology development in Lesotho as well as partner outreach to other countries where solar energy stands to have a major impact such as India.January 1, 2013
In May of 2006, the team traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the 2006 Development Marketplace Competition, focused on Water Supply, Sanitation, and Energy. The project was awarded one of that year's grants for work in the Energy sector, supporting implementation of further field trials in Lesotho. Three founding members of STG spent almost twelve months during 2006-07 living and working in Bethel, Lesotho (Mohales Hoek District) implementing this grant.May 1, 2006
Funds from two IDEAS Awards and several fellowships from the MIT Public Service Center fueled development and deployment of a second field prototype in Lesotho during January 2006. Work began on simplification of the design to comply with locally-available supplies, such as air conditioning parts, plumbing supplies, and standard steel, aluminum, and hardware.January 1, 2006
Several iterations of collection systems were prototyped before the first field trials in Lesotho during January 2005.January 1, 2005
Other undergraduate and graduate students became involved through Amy Smith's D-Lab (Development, Design, Dissemination), the Fall 2004.October 1, 2004
During his Peace Corps duty in Lesotho (2000-02), STG President Matt Orosz experienced first-hand what it is like to live in a rural mountain village with no electricity or running water. Impressed by the simplicity of a locally-constructed parabolic solar bread cooker, Matt began to experiment with ideas for converting solar energy into other useful forms, like hot water and electricity. He returned to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in engineering at MIT where these ideas were slowly formed into designs, experiments, and prototype technologies.January 1, 2000
Matt is the Lead Engineer and Project Coordinator for all of STG’s work.
Amy works primarily on the electrical and electronic control systems, contributing to work in Lesotho since 2005 and to the development of the Eckerd field site system
Libby has recently stepped down from the Board of Directors to pursue an opportunity with the U.S. Department of Energy – we wish her the best of luck with this endeavor!
Bryan designed and led STG’s first market, customer, and government study for Lesotho in 2007 and continues to provide insight into project, partner and market development.
Sylvain’s role on STG’s team is ORC system improvements, modeling, and advanced technology development, along with contributing to work testing pilot systems deployed in Lesotho.