Over A Billion People Don't Have Access To Power, This Technology Could Change That

27/12/2015 6:59 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Electricity is the backbone of society, yet over a billion people across the planet live without it everyday.

Situated in the most remote and poorest parts of the planet these communities are left without light in the evening, the ability to charge their phones and must endure labour intensive means of cooking.

It also means they are without the resources they need to build their society.

However, American-based artist and inventor, Jim Mason, has rediscovered a sustainable power technology used during WWII that can change the lives of these communities -- gasification.

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Jim Mason working on the technology bringing light to the most remote and poorest parts of the world.

"It's a different type of energy. You put bad things in and good things come out," said Mason, Founder and CEO of All Power Labs.

Gasification uses organic materials heated at high temperatures in a low oxygen environment to create power.

Mason has created the technology that utilises this form of power and has made it accessible to the communities in need of it most.

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Children of Monrovia in Liberia where only 2% of the population have access to power. This village now has access to gasification technology thanks to Jim Mason.

But the benefits go beyond that.

As Tom Price, Director of Strategic Initiatives at All Power Labs explains, gasification is a carbon negative energy cycle.

"What it does is it heats up organic material like wood chips, takes out the energy that's embedded in it, the waste product that comes out of it is this thing called biochar, which in addition to being pure carbon is a great soil supplement, so you can use it as fertiliser, he said.

"If we're going to solve climate change we've got to get billions and billions of tons of carbon out of the sky and back into the ground. This tool does that."

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