SEG Electronics Tower, Shenzhen

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Bright New Ideas Finalist in TIC Americas Competition

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Bright New Ideas was announced as a finalist in the international Young Americas Business Trust Business Plan Competition being held in Lima, Peru on June 3rd & 4th, 2010.  Bright New Ideas was selected among the top 32 teams of 1,200 entrants in this prestigious competition, and will be competing for a $3000 prize.  Wish Bright New Ideas luck in our upcoming competition!  Check out the announcement here.

Arrival in China – Tiny Room

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Patrick Goes to Nicaragua

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$80.2 million for Renewable Energy Projects

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Today’s La Prensa reports $80.2 million to be allocated for renewable energy projects. The article reads in English: Continue Reading

The Cost of Gas

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Here’s an article translated from Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper detailing a recent decrease in the cost of butane gas used for cooking. This is to give some perspective on the price of gas used in the home. The house I lived in used a 25-pound tank to allow the cooking of three meals per day. It needed to be replaced about every month or so. Today: $1 U.S. = 19.0365 Nicaraguan Cordobas (source: www.xe.com). To read the article in its original Spanish, click here. Continue Reading

My experience without electricity

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I think a lot of people don’t know about how life changes when you go without electricity and light.  Because of everyone’s experiences with power outages, a lack of lighting seems like a minor inconvenience instead of a humanitarian problem.  Patrick would do a lot better describing what he has seen in Nicaragua in the villages that he has visited, but I would just like to take a couple paragraphs to explain my own experiences traveling without light or electricity. Continue Reading

Connecting the Dots

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Many people might look at the need for renewable energy in rural communities as lower down on the priorities of humanitarian work.  Part of our job is to remind them that this is an issue that is intimately tied to poverty and empowering communities.  One way to do this is by connecting the dots to other, similar programs around the world.  Swogun is a group that promotes solar energy in Nepal.  You should check out their organization as well if you’re interested in learning more about how renewable energy can be used to empower communities.

Bright New Ideas Work Covered in China Tribune

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Bright New Ideas founder Patrick Delaney’s recent presentation at Nankai University in Tianjin, China was covered by local newspaper, “China Tribune.”  The article can be viewed here.

Translation will be posted in the near future.

Bright New Ideas to Attend “Strategies in Light”

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Bright New Ideas has been invited to attend “Strategies in Light,” a business conference and exhibition on high-brightness LEDs (HB LEDs) produced by Strategies Unlimited and PennWell Corporation. In its ninth year, it is both the longest-running and the largest conference in the HB LED industry. This event is the premier annual forum for presenting current commercial developments in high-brightness LED applications and providing unparalleled networking opportunities for component and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users of HB LED devices. In 2007, this event drew record attendance from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Bright New Ideas President Patrick Delaney will be attending this conference on February 11th through 13th, 2008 of this year to cover some of the events in this blog and to built additional partnerships for Bright New Ideas.  It is our hope that we will be able to learn more about how HB LEDs can help those in need.