If you could observe the African continent from space, during the night, this is what you would see:
There is almost no light! This picture was taken by NASA, in 2012. Compare this with a picture of North America by night, taken the same year, to see the difference:
Every day, 2 billion people are forced to live in complete darkness because they cannot afford the cost of oil for paraffin lanterns. These lanterns and candles are responsible for the death of 2 million people each year. Moreover, the burning oil in lanterns releases 190 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
How can light be brought to a continent such as Africa? After 3 years of work and creative thinking, Michael Suttner, a mechanical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, found a solution that offers sustainable, safe and affordable lighting to 600 million Africans and to the rest of the World: The Lightie.
The Lightie is a solar powered LED light that can be placed in a bottle with an opening of 22 mm, which is a worldwide standard. Simple! You place the light inside, turn the cap and there you have it: the lamp you need.
Some technical specifications:
- State-of-the-art flexible solar panels
- Durable, sturdy acrylic housing
- Lithium battery technology
- 8 hrs in the sun yields 40 hrs+ of light (low intensity)
- Will charge even under cloudy/rainy conditions
- Produces 12x more light than a paraffin lantern
- Battery will last 4-5 years (2000 cycles)
- Designed to fit all 22 mm soda bottle openings. 22 mm is a worldwide standard size
This is what could be called a WOW idea!
The price? Under $10.00.
Michael Suttner received several prizes for this innovation and is determined to introduce the Lightie to the entire word.