A Not for Profit California Benefit Corporation (private charity)
Sangha Energy was formed to provide a micro entity with three goals:
- Serve the special needs of off grid property owners (underserved community)
- Serve special needs and disabled Veterans with trade skills (give back)
- Study the market for massively distributed energy, water and waste infrastructure (research)
- Special Needs and underserved community: Off grid property owners…a key input to further research is to start with studying the existing needs, wants and desires of off grid property owners. This was fascinating, and I met a lot of interesting people but in the end the needs of this community while significant, the current needs do not scale to meet the needs of mainstream energy, water and waste users.
- Special needs and disabled veterans developing trade skills….Sangha Energy put to work several veterans and reservists needing trade skills to find work. Working with America’s Job Center (Goodwill) Sangha trained and provided work for these young and middle age vets to provide training for installation of solar and power generation equipment. Charity work is hard and often not very rewarding; there is so much that can’t be fixed. Sangha Energy closed up that operation and moved back to product research.
2a. Student Projects with Dr. Peter Schwartz and Dr. Andrew Duvol – Sangha Energy sponsored a number of research and learning projects with students at Cal Poly.
- Water Heater
- Solar Installations
- Gasification Engineering
- Black Waste Processing (smoldering design)
- Rainwater and Septic Tank Re-use
- SORA Water Recycler
- Research – massively distributed infrastructure… independently and with Cal Poly SLO Professors and students Sangha Energy began the study of the future of our energy, water and waste systems (infrastructure). Starting from the building site and looking backwards, the question was if you had today’s technology, how would you develop the worlds power, water and waste systems. Most researchers are busy trying to answer the question: how do we make our 2000 plus year old centralized system work to solve future problems, Sangha wants to determine if we had to replace all the centralized infrastructure, what would we build?