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Water.  The essence of life.  Living in Western Pennsylvania, we are blessed with an incredible supply.  Three major rivers flow through Pittsburgh and in years like 2018 we are overly blessed as record rains have caused major flooding and infrastructure damage.  However, much of the world suffers from the opposite problem.  Flying around the world, I am amazed at how often looking out the...

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Is it hot enough for you this August?  As scientists warn us about global warming, without a doubt, heat is going to play a major role in how we live and work.  As a professor living in the northern latitudes and working largely in climate-controlled buildings, at first glance this is little more than an inconvenience.  But what will it look like around the globe?  My own travels have taken me...

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This past December, I was teaching at our partner’s campus in the West Bank and had the opportunity to visit Bethlehem just before Christmas.  My thought was how perfect… I would buy all of my Christmas gift recipients a Christmas ornament from the place where it all started.  I happened upon a craft fair selling various handmade wares and one table had just what I was looking for.  I didn’t...

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Be the issues short or long term in nature, unless a government pursues policies that support the commercial initiatives of their people as well as help provide for their basic needs, BOH and similar principles will face an incredible uphill struggle.  The principles of BOH can be effective in both wealthy and poor regions of the globe, but face extremely difficult barriers when the government...

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One of the key contributors to the Business of Humanity project, Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, along with his colleagues Aditya Lolla and Prabhjot Kaur, recently published an article in IEEE Electrification Magazine (June 2016) on solar microgrids for Indian homes.  In this article, these authors assert that energy is the key to socioeconomic development and it is documented that the country of...

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Solar power is poised for a very big year in the United States.  The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that the booming solar sector will add more new electricity-generating capacity than any other source, including natural gas and wind.  The EIA anticipated 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar as compared with 8 gigawatts of natural gas and 6.8 gigawatts of wind power.  This...

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Bopaya Bidanda, Kristy Bronder, John Camillus, John Lipinski and Louis Luangkesorn

The central and globally relevant focus of the DC-HEaRT initiative is a catalytic community center (CCC). The intent is to employ the intrinsic advantages of DC power to respond to the needs of communities across the world. The challenge is to do so in an economically sustainable fashion that attracts...

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Bopaya Bidanda, Kristy Bronder, John Camillus, John Lipinski and Louis Luangkesorn[1]

This is our first posting in the DC-HEaRT blog. All of us are engaged in the Business of Humanity® Project which sponsors the DC-HEaRT Initiative. We thought that for this first entry we would provide some of the background and context of the...

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