Blog has been silent for a while, which in my case is an indication of doing lots of things at the moment..:). This post on textually.org I found interesting, since media artist Esther Polak and I will be going to Africa (Nigeria) in a couple of weeks for the art/science project NomadicMILK. It’s a project about mobility patterns amongst nomadic Fulani herdsmen and WAMCO truck drivers. We will be traveling with cultural anthropologist Ab Drent, who has done a 10-month research amongst the Fulani in northern Cameroon in 2000/2001.
We will try to visualize to uses of space by both nomads and truckers by means of GPS and find out whether the use of the mobile phone influences their use and experience of space. There is a preliminary website for the project NomadicMILK with more info about the project.
Anyway, here’s the article:
Pumpkin power dawns for African mobile phone networks
Palm and pumpkin seed oil could soon be generating electricity to help power mobile phone networks across Africa under a plan to replace fossil fuels with sustainable biofuels made from crops grown by local farmers. Reuters reports.
“Swedish telecoms networks group Ericsson and South African cellphone operator MTN said on Wednesday they want to start replacing diesel with biofuels in electricity generating stations powering mobile phone base stations in rural Africa.
“Swedish telecoms networks group Ericsson and South African cellphone operator MTN said on Wednesday they want to start replacing diesel with biofuel in electricity generating stations powering mobile phone base stations in rural Africa.”
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Mobileafrica confirms that several players work on a pilot project in NIgeria:
The MTN Group, the GSM Association and Ericsson have teamed up to establish biofuels as an alternative source of power for wireless networks in the developing world. The three organisations have set up a pioneering project in Nigeria to demonstrate the potential of biofuels to replace diesel as a source of power for mobile base stations located beyond the reach of the electricity grid.