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Necessity sharpens ingenuity; William Kamkwamba, the “boy of the wind”, protagonist of our positive story today.
Renewable energies often inspire people. In addition, it is true what they say that necessity sharpens ingenuity; and in that context, we have found a story that we would like to share, that of William Kamkwamba, the “boy of the wind”.
Who is William Kamkwamba, the boy of the wind?
William was born into a relatively poor family whose livelihood rested mainly on agriculture. As a child he enjoyed playing with his friends to build things using recycled materials. Unfortunately, famine forced Kamkwamba to drop out of school, to which she could not return because her family could not pay her.
In an attempt to continue his education, Kamkwamba began to visit his village library frequently. It was there that he discovered his passion for electronics. Previously, he had started small radio repair businesses in town, although he did not make enough money from it.
After reading a book called “Using Energy,” he decided to make a homemade wind turbine, and experimented until managed to create a functional turbine that supplied power to some of the electrical appliances of the family home. Local farmers and journalists investigated the creation of Kamkwamba, which became famous in international news and was part of the first event, “Maker Faire Africa” in Ghana, in 2009.
When The Daily Times wrote the story of the Kamkwamba wind turbine in 2006, the story circulated throughout the blogosphere, and TEDTalks director Emeka Okafor invited him to speak at the TEDGlobal 2007 from Arusha, in Tanzania. His talk moved masses and several Capitalist shareholders who attended the conference offered to finance his education. Thanks to this, he returned to study, received a diploma from the African Leadership Academy, and a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Among his other appearances, Kamkwamba was interviewed on The Daily Show in October 2009, where was compared to the fictional character Angus MacGyver for his impressive scientific ingenuity. Additionally, he attended the Google Science Fair as a guest speaker in 2011.
Kamkwamba’s book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, was selected in a community reading program that promotes dialogue through shared reading and discussion of the same book, the “ 1 Book 1 Community ”of Virginia.
Kamkwamba is also the protagonista del film documental “William and the Windmill”(William and the Mill), which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary in 2013, at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.
In 2013 the magazine TIME mentioned him as one of the “30 people under 30 who changed the world”.
In 2010, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” was selected as a must-read book for students at the University of Florida. Four years later, the same was done for the universities of Auburn and the Michigan College of Engineering; William gave a talk at each of them.
Finally, he received his bachelor’s degree in 2014, issued by Dartmouth College in Hanover.
The case of William Kamkwamba is one among many others. Green energy inspires and moves people; make you want to contribute to a more sustainable world, save electricity, or both.
At SP Solar it is no different, we want you to save and put our grain of sand for more efficient energy, therefore, if you want to join solar self-consumption or electric mobility, contact us. We will help you save and be more sustainable.