First installations go live as INTASAVE Energy pursues ?30M impact investment
Villagers in Lemolo B and Echareria in Nakuru County, Kenya, are waking up today to a new future as new solar nano-grids installed over the last two weeks allows them to switch on lights and operate new agri-processing machinery. The two communities are the first to receive a revolutionary new model for clean, affordable and reliable energy where a central solar hub provides both commercial energy for new village enterprises and household energy using cutting-edge up-cycled laptop batteries. The hub allows energy to be shared between households, businesses and the community bringing economic, social and environmental benefits. The installation is the start of a major INTASAVE Energy solar nano-grid initiative (SONG) that ultimately aims to bring the benefits now beginning for villagers in Lemolo B and Echareria to over 450,000 people across the globe. INTASAVE Energy has launched a ?30M impact investment programme to make this goal a reality. The Solar Nano-Grid (SONG) is a small network and solar-hub with a direct current (DC) inverter-less power output of 3-5kWP not connected with a utility grid. Each grid supports a small independent community of around 60 households, giving energy to around 300 people through household services and reaching many more by operating the centralized solar energy hub to provide power for micro-enterprises and community services with social, health and education impacts. With the development of micro-enterprises, the community can realise collective benefits, save money to extend their solar nano-grid systems and increase their energy consumption cleanly and sustainably. Not only is this model genuinely sustainable in terms of the technology used, it is also scalable in the long term with growing social benefits.
INTASAVE s SONG model has been initially supported by ?600,000 of research and development funds provided by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID). First installations, including those being installed in Lemolo B and Echareria in Kenya, were funded from ?100,000 raised through Crowdfunding. In order to take the programme to a global level, INTASAVE Energy is now undertaking a global impact investment initiative and Green/Climate Bond programme to raise ?30 million in order to roll out the technology to around 1,500 communities in Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique in the next two years. This full impact investment will enable the provision of off-grid residential and community power (including agri-processing and community refrigeration) to around 450,000 people.
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Those who suffer from migraines know the excruciating pain that they can bring, but could they also be indicative of greater health problems? One study, led by researchers from the Institute of Public Health (IPH), shows that this might be the case.
The researchers, led by head of IPH Tobias Kurth, have investigated a connection between women who experience migraines and a heightened risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular problems. They found that, within their sample, women who experienced migraines were 50% more like to have a cardiovascular event when compared to those who did not.
Important risk marker
While past research has shown a connection between migraines and risk of stroke, this study is one of only a few that has attempted to tie the condition to other cardiovascular problems and mortality. Researchers looked at data on over 115,000 women who had taken part in the U.S.-based Nurses Health Study II. Of all the participants in that study, the researchers found that migraines affected just over 15% of participants between the ages of 25 and 42 or approximately 17,531 women. Over a 22-year period between 1989 and 2011, these individuals were tracked for cardiovascular events; 1,329 participants ended up experiencing such an event, with 223 deaths being recorded as a result.
Our analysis suggests that migraine should be considered an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease, particularly in women, said Kurth.
Higher cardiovascular risks
The researchers determined that the amount of additional risk varied depending on which cardiovascular events were taken into account. However, the results were not very favorable for any of the cases. In addition to a 50% heightened risk for cardiovascular events compared to women without migraines, outcomes for heart attack, stroke, and angina were also higher.
When compared to women unaffected by the condition, the risk of developing a heart attack was 39% higher for women with migraine, the risk of having a stroke 62% higher, and that of developing angina 73% higher, said Kurth.
While the researchers believe in the accuracy of these statistics, the underlying causes behind them are still relatively unknown. Further research will also need to be conducted to measure outcomes for men, who were not included in the study.
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