Consider the implications of not having electricity: No light for a child to read a school book; no way to cook without harmful smoke; limited, if any, options for a business to work through the night; and no heating to warm the very young, elderly or sick. In short, no sustainable way forward. That’s the situation for a sizeable amount of the world’s population today.
Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation are committed to reducing energy poverty so that sustainable progress is possible — progress such as sanitation and education. These are the building blocks to grow economies and improve living standards for millions.
Explore some of the solutions that Caterpillar and its customers are deploying around the world today.
Cat® Microgrid Solutions
Microgrids couple renewable energy generation with traditional generators for deployment to places where the grid is weak or does not reach. Our strategic alliance with First Solar is focused on development and distribution of Cat branded photovoltaic modules for incorporation into microgrid systems for use anywhere in the world.
Caterpillar Proving Ground, Arizona
We selected one of our own facilities to demonstrate the power of microgrid technology at our proving ground outside Tucson. Here energy demand is high as we test mining equipment. The Cat® Microgrid solution demonstrates the potential for this economical, renewable energy source to solve energy reliability anywhere on earth.
Cat® power generators play an integral role in supplying reliable electric power in parts of the world where a dependable power infrastructure is lacking. In these areas, a lack of reliable power slows economic development, often for decades.
Wentworth Group, Tanzania
In Tanzania, only 11 percent of the population has access to reliable electricity. A Caterpillar project with the Wentworth Group in Tanzania to build a gas-to-power project that brings 24/7 power to the people of Mnazi Bay and the city of Mtwara is supplying far more than just a reliable source of electric power to East Africa. It is helping to restore hope in a region long burdened by the poverty, disease, and malnutrition that are the inevitable byproducts of underdevelopment. This video demonstrates how significantly access to energy can impact the social and economic growth of a community.
Distributed Power Generation
Caterpillar offers solutions that include combined heat and power, waste to energy, landfill gas to energy, coal mine methane to energy, and more.
Food waste is a major problem in the United States and around the world. And food that ends up in a landfill generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. At the Central Florida Energy Garden in Orlando, Florida, wasted food is turned into a benefit. Caterpillar’s customer Waltham, Massachusetts-based Harvest Power, couples an anaerobic digester with two Cat® generator sets to produce 5.4 megawatts of combined heat and power – enough energy to power 2,000 homes per year. As this video shows, Harvest Power and its partners – including many of Orlando’s theme parks, hotels and restaurants – are now taking 120,000 tons of organic waste every year and turning it into energy, while also using some of the heat from the process to dry out the leftover organic material for use as fertilizer on local farms.
Investment & Awareness
Sometimes, the best solution is simply about finding the right channel to work through a challenge. By combining the strength of Cat® products and the enduring power of women in communities all over the world, we are on a mission to make energy access a basic global human right.
Giving the Gift of Power
In 2016, Caterpillar celebrated the 35th anniversary of one of its most powerful engine platforms: the Cat® 3500. To commemorate this milestone, the company demonstrated the power of power by announcing it would donate a generator set powered by a 3500 engine to the non-profit organization St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. St. Luke's was selected to receive the generator based on their work to provide access to healthcare, education and dignified humanitarian outreach to the least served populations of Haiti, with programs that employ more than 1,000 people.
In conjunction, the Caterpillar Foundation launched She Is, a movement that tells the stories of women empowered through energy access. By sharing these stories, we hope to educate, inform and inspire everyday people to join Caterpillar’s pursuit to make energy a basic global human right.Watch Video >