Light Manufacturing presented this technology to the ARMO conference in Goa. Further investigation of the website shows the product in action. However the website videos show a fairly small part being made and I wonder how the energy calculations stack up for larger mouldings, such as water tanks.
In any event, this technology offers a fantastic way for isolated communities with limited or no access to gas or electricity to start up a low cost manufacturing operation. Not only can they start a small business based in their community, they can actually produce products that will help with water storage and transportation.
The wheel-based water carrier recently profiled in http://www.hipporoller.org would be a perfect product to make in these communities, with or without the dynamo. Charities should be looking at this to see if it offers a way for poorer communities to find their own way out of poverty. All the best ideas are pretty simple. – Jonathan Wurr”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, although we note that 49% of the Earth’s land area is suitable for SRM, and it’s viable both in emerging markets and the developed world. More details to come soon. » Here’s the link to the full article.