A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a large Chinese language producer to supply what they are saying is the world’s most reasonably priced photo voltaic lamp.
Manchester-based agency Inventid designed the SM100 photo voltaic gentle, which retails for $5 (£three.85) in African international locations.
It was developed in collaboration with China’s Yingli and charity Photo voltaic Support.
The hand-sized lamp runs for eight hours when totally charged. In addition to a stand, it has strap slots so it may be used as a head torch or tied to a motorcycle.
Presently kerosene burning lamps are the only real supply of lighting for some 600 million African individuals dwelling with out electrical energy.
However they’re costly to run and there may be the fixed hazard of potential fires.
“Kerosene retains households locked in a cycle of utmost poverty with virtually one quarter of their month-to-month earnings spent burning the gas,” explains Inventid co-founder Henry James.
“To interrupt this cycle we labored with Photo voltaic Support, the UK’s main photo voltaic charity to design a lightweight that the poorest households might afford. This meant designing a lightweight that might retail for 5 in Africa.”
Inventid, co-founded by Mr James and Bryn Morgan in 2012, labored intently with charities in Africa to develop the sunshine.
“We gathered native insights into household routines, the format of dwellings and environmental circumstances. We listened to the aspirations and concepts of individuals whose private experiences have formed a product that’s co-created in Africa.”
The SM100 was trialled with 9,000 households in three African international locations, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia.
“We’re speaking about components of the world the place individuals dwell on $350 a 12 months,” says 31-year-old Mr James.
“We’ve got by no means heard of a gross sales trial this so far-reaching. It needed to be completely proper if individuals had been going to undertake the sunshine, and introduce it into their lives and their day by day routines.”
Earlier this 12 months, the SM100 received a silver award within the Design for Society and Design for Sustainability classes on the European Product Design Awards.