Billionaire philanthropist Manoj Bhargava offered an exclusive live look at the new life-changing inventions featured in the recently released documentary film, Billions in Change 2.
Invited guests at the event were given hands-on access to the HANS™ PowerPack—a portable device that generates and stores electricity for basic uses—and the HANS™ Solar Briefcase—a portable solar power station—both of which were designed to serve the billions around the world living without reliable access to electricity.
“Electricity is the great enabler,” says Bhargava. “It opens all sorts of opportunities related to education, income, entrepreneurship, communication.” And yet, nearly half the world still only gets power 2-3 hours per day.
The 300-watt HANS™ PowerPack received considerable interest from Uttarakhand government and the Hon. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. On October 8, 2017, the government of Uttarakhand committed to obtain 1,00,000 HANS™ PowerPacks to provide to villages in need in order to give them a free and permanent source of electricity.
“With the combination of the HANS™ PowerPack and the HANS™ Solar Briefcase, a rural household can meet all of its electricity needs and never receive a utility bill,” says Bhargava.
Also showcased were two RainMaker filtration units created to make brackish water and grey water suitable for drinking and agriculture.
“People may not realize it, but dirty water is the number one cause of sickness and death around the world today. It’s the epidemic,” says Bhargava. “Our goal is to give people clean water so they can be healthier, more productive, and experience higher quality of life,” he says. “Clean water is health.”
By turning unusable water into usable water, the RainMaker machines are also effectively creating new water sources, which is critical for areas experiencing severe drought. “These machines have the potential to push off the water crisis for several years, and possibly decades,” says Bhargava.
Finally, Bhargava presented details of the Shivansh Fertilizer method, including stories from the field about the many benefits small-scale Indian farmers have realized by using it. This cost-free alternative to urea is made with a process that transforms farm waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.
“Incorporating Shivansh Fertilizer brings dead soil back to life within one—one—planting season,” says Bhargava. “The results are stunning. Farmers are seeing higher yields, they’re getting higher quality produce, they’re using less pesticide and less water, their kids are healthier because they’re eating more nutritious food. And the best part is, the farmer is actually making a living.”
Invited guests had the opportunity to speak directly with Bhargava about these new inventions, ask questions, and take photographs.
Bhargava, whose net worth is estimated at $4 billion, has pledged 99 percent of his fortune to funding the development and delivery of solutions to solve the world’s most pressing problems, which is the mission of Stage 2, his invention shop in Michigan, USA. Bhargava also supports The Hans Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in India, which is helping to implement the solutions.