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Sunday, October 11, 2015

From 5-Hour Energy to Sustainable Energy

Do you drink 5-Hour Energy? Well, you might after you learn about the founder. Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-Hour Energy, is one of these very wealthy people. With a net worth of $1.5 billion, Manoj started making more money than he knew what to do with: "If you have wealth, it’s a duty to help those who don’t." Manoj is the very definition of a philanthropist. As part of his 5-Hour Energy company complex, Bhargava has implemented his "Billions in Change" campaign. This campaign's initiative is to solve the three biggest things all people in the world (primarily poor people) don't have adequate access to: energy, water, and health care. Bharagava has put together a team of top-notch engineers to solve these problems.
For the first problem, Bhargava tasked the engineers to come up with a way for people below the poverty line to have a steady source of energy. With many ideas, long hours, and prototypes, the team came up with a bicycle which powers a generator, called Free Energy. One hour of pedaling equates to twenty four hours of energy. Bhargva thinks this is their coolest invention because it is so useful but so simple. When brought an idea, Manoj is only concerned with the idea's usefulness; if it isn't useful, it better "damn entertaining." Another idea that came about was to extract graphene, a substance in the mantle of the earth that is 100x more conductive than copper. This would be used to eliminate fossil fuels. To solve the water problem, the engineers did not disappoint. The product they came up with was a relatively small machine that took sea water and, through several levels of distilling, purifies it. A barge carrying hundreds of these machines would be put a couple hundred miles off coast and would pipe the water to land. This could also help with areas plagued with drought, like California. The solution for health is really amazing. It is called Project Renew, and it would help everyday people with their health. The way it works is the machine has multiple compression straps, like a sphygmomanometer. The straps are wrapped around each limb and your torso, then they squeeze and release, and continue to do so for some time. This accelerates blood flow and rids of any toxins stuck in the body.
Manoj Bhargava's willingness to share his wealth could improve the earth's environment as well as human environment. Other wealthy figures in the world could follow in his footsteps once they see the good Manoj brings. There is no downside to Manoj's initiative as it has potential to change so many lives.


  1. That's really nice to see that there are those who help the less fortunate. The thing is though, we don't even have to be a billionaire to help out those who are less fortunate.

  2. Jack, Some pretty good work on the blog thus far, but you have not blogged for a while! This post offers a sort of testimonial of the philanthropy of Mr. Bhargava. But it is a rather uncritical look at Mr. B and the problems he hopes to solve. How did you hear of his good work? (You never cite a source). Might part of his motivation be self-promotion? Why aren't others feeling that same desire to help? How were problems allowed to grow so dire in the first place? Taking one of these approaches might lead you to write with passion instead of passing along his initiative as is. Presumably people could find such words elsewhere, as you did. How do you hope to dispute or extend that discussion?