This blog describes the activities of global nomads Dr. T.H. Culhane and Dr. Sybille Culhane as they work on the Solar C.3.I.T.I.E.S. mission: "Connecting Community Catalysts Integrating Technologies for Industrial Ecology Solutions"
Moustafa Hussain, Solar CITIES Associate, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Muslim Community, Darb El Ahmar, Cairo Egypt
web site http://www.mustafahusein.blogspot.com
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Thomas Taha Rassam Culhane (a.k.a. "T.H. Culhane"), Solar CITIES co-founder,UCLA Department of Urban Planning, USA
Dr. Sybille Culhane , Solar CITIES co-founder,Essen, Germany
2008: Year One, first half (completed): $25,000 US AID Small Infrastructure Grant: Domestic Solar Hot Water Capacity Building, 15 of 30 systems completed, serving 17 households (the professional system in Darb El Ahmar feeds 3 households) and 1 monastery cafeteria.
2008: Year One, second half: $25,000 US AID Small Infrastructure Grant: Finish additional 15 systems, Integrating Roof Top Gardening with Rooftop Solar Water Provision (Hot and Cold for bathing and drip irrigation and storage) in close cooperation with the AKTC Environment NGO and the Darb El Ahmar Development Company in seven beneficiary households.
2009:Year Two, first half: Rooftop Urban Biogas production to be integrated into Solar and Gardening Program by following in the footsteps of the successful ARTI model from
The External Relations Manager in charge of the CSR program of Procter & Gamble has committed to helping us find funding for the initial pilot project. Pig waste and organic garbage are going to be used as raw material for this project, which serves homes that cannot benefit from solar energy as the sun does not reach them.
2009: Year Two, second half: Integrated Solar Hot Water, Rooftop Gardening and Biogas (from garbage) merges with household source separation and rooftop composting & fertilizer production. This project will demonstrate how households can use sunlight and garbage to provide heat, cooking fuel, as well as food.
2009: Year Two - Follow up from Year 1- The Spirit of Youth Association intends to secure a grant to revive the ancient public baths of Darb El Ahmar, providing a large solar hot water system much as the zabaleen used to provide the heating fuel from waste paper in the past. DONORS NEEDED AND WELCOME!
2010: Year Three first half, Capacity building for domestic electricity production; workshops in creating small-scale wind generator construction and solar electric installation (following the engineers without borders and Solar Energy International workshop model, see http://www.solarenergy.org/workshops/wind.html).
2010: Year Three Second half, Innovations and applications in domestic WATER RECYCLING. FUNDING WILL BE SOLICITED TO PURCHASE "SOLAR CUBES" FROM RSD TECHNOLOGIES AS A MODEL, AND GRANT APPLICATIONS WILL BE WRITTEN TO FUND MATERIALS FOR LOCAL CREATION OF FUNCTIONALLY SIMILAR SYSTEMS FROM INDIGENOUS AND RECYCLED MATERIALS.
2011: Year Four, Scaling up to light industrial: The Spirit of Youth Association having successfully demonstrated their capacity for self-provisioning at the household level, starts training and supplying small business and factory owners in Sareib with the ability to generate their own heat and power to keep production costs down and make small businesses competitive in the area even as inflation rises.
2012: Year Five, The team of the Association, expanded and experienced, tours the region offering workshops and training throughout the