Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Solar bottle lights - you just need to get some water to turn on the light

Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide in the Philippines. Small settlements near Metro Manila and other big cities in the Philippines are usually close together, with metal roofing blocking all the sun light and and no light reaches the homes even during daylight!
The Solar Bottle Bulb technology,  designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.
 The MyShelter Foundation aims to brighten up one million homes in the Philippines by 2012.
 According to statistics from the National Electrification Commission in 2009, 3 million households still remain powerless outside Metro Manila. And even in the metro, families still continue to live in darkness. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported that a large number of fire- related incidents involve faulty electrical connections. Informal settlements are high-risk areas, since the BFP does not conduct fire hazard inspections in these communities. MyShelter envisions sharing to unprivileged communities an economically- and ecologically-sustainable source of light that will provide an immediate solution.

Read more at:
Isang Litrong Liwanag: A campaign in lighting up thousands home in Payatas
Appropriate technology collaborative website

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