A nonprofit organization looks to make isolated regions in Africa more self-sufficient.

STG International is a nonprofit organization based in MIT, and has developed a hybrid power and solar heat system that can make isolated communities in Africa much more self-sufficient. The all-in-one system uses readily available materials in Africa and is able to provide electricity, hot water, heating, and also potential cooling.

MIT PHD graduates Matthew Orosz and Amy Mueller came up with concept and hopes to install at least five of the units in Africa to test out the unique design. The complexity of the technology is proven to be effective, but researchers are still unsure about its long-term reliability.

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