Newsletter: December, 2007


      EngineerAid Newsletter: December, 2007
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Dear Engineers, Supporters and Friends,

Christmas E-card Campaign
Our Christmas E-cards are live and on the website – free to use (but donations welcome), replace your paper cards, reducing the environmental impact and supporting EngineerAid. Many thanks to those who have used the service – we appreciate your support! See

Biodiesel from algae
Algae are the most promising route to low-cost fossil fuel replacements. Yields per acre will eventually be a multiple of other sources of liquid fuels, such as maize, wheat and palm oil. In any list of the most interesting approaches to reducing fossil fuel dependency, and cheaply sequestering carbon, algae deserve a high ranking.

Turning Water into Fuel
Last winter, inventor John Kanzius was already attempting one seemingly impossible feat—building a machine to cure cancer with radio waves—when his device inadvertently succeeded in another: He made saltwater catch fire.

The Internet Will Save Billions of Tons of Carbon
It turns out that the Internet is doing a lot more than just helping get the word out about environmental problems and solutions. A new report investigates and the results are staggering. It is, itself, an environmental solution.

EngineerAid Wins 2007 Award of Merit in New Communications
EngineerAid is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a 2007 Award of Merit in the Nonprofit Communications Innovation of the Society for New Communications Research Awards program. The award winners were announced at the Society’s awards gala at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, Mass on December 5th, 2007.

News from the Team: Volunteer of the Month, Ulrike Schaefer, Project Executive
Congratulations to Ulrike - our volunteer of the month for December. Ulrike works in the projects team, particularly looking at projects in Angola. Details here

Friendlier cabins
Energy Group awarded a £146,561 grant to develop an environmentally friendly cabin for the construction sector. The new cabin should be more fuel efficient and have lower emissions, and, as a result, provide a more pleasant working environment.

One Little Nuke Plant for Every 25,000 People?
A small, self-contained power plant that does not produce any emissions and needs to be refueled only once every five years might sound pertty perfect. But then we have to utter the forbidden word: Nuclear.

Energy initiative proposes desert power plan
A desert solar power plan, to meet Europe and North Africa's energy needs and tackle climate change, has been presented. High-efficiency electricity grids would be constructed to transfer the power around and across the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe.

Cost of a mini hydroelectric project, Tanzania
A group in Tanzania wishing to conduct a feasibility study and determine the cost of a mini hydroelectric project for their proposal to a funder. We got in touch with our engineers, and were able to help with recommendations and a scoping document.

Current Project: Converting a refrigerator into an ice maker
From the hospital in Uganda we’ve been working with: “We are trying to convert a normal domestic refrigerator into an ice maker, we will appreciate ideas for circuits, we want the unit to make ice flakes that you just scoop and use it!” If you have experience in these areas, please get in touch. Emails to

Happy Holidays from all of us at EngineerAid. Thanks to you, we have enjoyed a successful year providing aid and assistance to developing countries. We will be closed from the 21st December to the 7th of January and look forward to working with you again in the new year!

Here's to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2008!

From all of us at EngineerAid

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21st Dec 2007