Solar Suitcases to Light the World

Over 1.4 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population – are without access to electricity, while an additional 1 billion have access only to unreliable, intermittent electricity networks. The non-profit WE CARE Solar has created a portable off-grid solar electric system, the Solar Suitcase, which is providing dependable electricity to clinics, schools and emergency medical centres to help change this reality.

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Electricity from SPARKs creates light

Sudha Kheterpal, a percussionist from the United Kingdom-based band Faithless, has designed a device that she has dubbed the SPARK. This device, which doubles as a musical instrument, uses energy to power a rechargeable battery that can then be used to power electronics like lights and cellphones through a built-in USB port. After being played for only 12 minutes, it can power an electronic device for up to an hour.

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The Luminaid: a portable light-source for disaster relief

The designers of the LuminAID, Anna Stark and Andrea Sreshta, invented the light in response to the disaster following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The LED light’s innovative design is compact, light-weight, inflatable, and waterproof. They are now being honoured as Mothers of Invention by Toyota and Women in the World.

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