Transforming kerosene hurricane lamps into solar lamps

Upgrading hurricane lamp frames from recovered solar lamps, a battery and transformers with a solar panel

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About the project Edit

Hurricane lamps that light up with a wick and kerosene is converted into a lamp that produces light from a battery’s solar refill using a transformer and solar panel. The charger can recharge several lamps at a time. This device can produce light by using solar energy instead of electricity or kerosene which is expensive in Africa and especially in rural areas where poverty is widespread. It lasts four hours when fully recharged.

It is an incremental technical and social innovation.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This is a technical innovation from recuperated items. This project is unique and creative because: first, it is made from a commonly-used household item found in rural areas in Africa which makes it possible to continue using it for light in homes by changing the energy source. A tool that keeps it basic function (lighting) and whose cost to use becomes practically nil. The hurricane lamp in Africa is associated with wedding ceremonies, funerals, etc. It is an image of prestige.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The social value of this project is that it reduces the cost of using the lamp, is linked to the availability of solar energy and the refill is reasonable priced. It is also associated to the fact that it lowers the risk of fire often caused by the misuse of hurricane lamps and oil lanterns. Accidents often occur in villages, on farms and in rural markets.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

It is limitless in West Africa. It draws from using hurricane lamps already acquired in disadvantaged cities (certain neighbourhoods) and villages without electricity. As well, from the safe handling of users and on the quality and intensity of the lighting itself.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The increase of fire in rural areas and cities in times of power blackouts, ongoing increases in the price of gas and electricity and the development of solar energy led to this initiative. This project is likely to be developed wherever there are problems related to rising energy costs, where lamps and lanterns cause fires.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The business model has not been divulged. However, this innovative project helps households lower their energy bills. Non-negligible opportunity costs allow for more investment in certain durable goods and help to effectively fight poverty.


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