A new solar-powered light has been created for those without electricity.
The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014 found that 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity and that by 2030, 635 million people in Sub Saharan Africa alone won’t have access to electricity.
In an effort to bring light to people who don’t have access to electricity, Solight Design came up with SolarPuff. SolarPuff is a flat pack, foldable, solar-powered light. It contains a solar panel, a lithium-ion battery, LED light bulbs and a polyethylene terephthalate material which can inflate in to a cube. The light can also be useful for an emergency such as a natural disaster with its small folded size and weight of only 2.6 ounces can be easily carried around.
Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Solight Design, Alice Min Soo Chun, said:
It had to be something that could be transported easily and could be shipped in hundreds in a box [as opposed to] lanterns or flashlights that were big and bulky. The solar panel needs to be facing the sun for 5 hours and it will give off 5 hours of light, if you charge it for 8 hours it’ll give off 8 hours of light… and so on and so forth. There’s a button that gives off a low setting of light, a high setting of light, and a blinking setting, which is also a distress signal. It’s at the same cadence as international distress signal.
Chun hopes that not only will it help people with no access to electricity but will “completely shift the way the environment is being degraded with pollution.”