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A lamp that works without electricity, batteries or sunlight

A lamp that works without electricity, batteries or sunlight

Approximately one-fifth of the world’s population does not have access to electricity. For most of these people, the only way to light up their houses in the dark is to use kerosene lamps. Kerosene lamps are a rudimentary gas-light which uses a naked flame and uses carcinogenic fluid for fuel.

New light powered by gravity is lighting up the lives of the world’s poorest people

For many people, these lights can be deadly. They are a fire hazard and the fumes that they release can cause cancer. They are also linked to the development of cataracts. They can also be very expensive for families consisting of a couple of dollars a week to even maintain.

But for the poorest people in the world, there was no alternative until Jim Reeves, and Martin Biddeford came up with a fabulous alternative – the GravityLight. The GravityLight works via kinetic energy and all you need to work it is weight. Once a family has a GravityLight they don’t have to pay anything for its upkeep, which could make a huge difference to the incomes of the poorest people in the world.

Not merely content to simply provide a service to the world’s poor, the GravityLight Foundation is going to base its factory in Kenya where they will create jobs, boost the economy and train local Kenyan people in practical and transferable skills.

Not only that, but it is estimated that the burning of kerosene lamps contributes approximately 3% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, so this fantastic new invention is not only poised to make a huge positive differences in the lives of world’s poorest people but also the health of the planet as a whole.

The GravityLight has already proved itself popular across the twenty-six countries that it was trailed in, and the creators are eager to take things to the next level using the crowdfunded model that got them off the ground in the first place.

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