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The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials (AMAT), is the Tech Museum’s annual tribute to a select group of people working around the world to help those in need. This year, one of the laureates was ToughStuff, which develops robust PV solar products — lamps, cellphone chargers — for personal use. Debra Vogler spoke with the company at the awards.

(November 10, 2010) — The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials (AMAT), is the Tech Museum’s annual tribute to a select group of people working around the world to help those in need. Environment, economic development, education, equality, and health efforts are recognized. This year, one of the laureates was ToughStuff, which develops robust PV solar products — lamps, cellphone chargers — for personal use.

ToughStuff has developed a modular set of solar power products that combines product design with innovations in distribution, helping to lift people out of poverty and improve lives. In the developing world, 1.5 billion people lack electricity. Instead, they use smoky kerosene-burning lamps and candles for lighting, consume huge numbers of polluting dry-cell batteries for their radios, and spend significant time and money charging mobile phones.

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Adriaan Mol, operations director at ToughStuff, quantifies the cost savings per day that can be realized using the company’s products. Using a lightweight, robust, portable, photovoltaic (PV) solar system designed for personal use, ToughStuff’s affordable product set includes a lamp, radio connectors, and a mobile-phone charger. In eight months of operation, more than 200,000 units have been sold, providing solar power for the first time to people who still rely on polluting, archaic technology.

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