Idea Phase (15 January-3 April 2018)

Sustainable lighting for marginalized communities without electricity

The problem of climate change, economic poverty in Mexico, the increase in electricity prices and the tendency to work in favor of the environment has led to the need to create innovations and proposals that counter the problem of energy savings and care. According to data from the National Population Council (CONAPO), regarding access to services and housing conditions, according to the place of residence, it was found that the lack of electricity in rural areas has decreased from 12.5% ​​in 1990 to only 8.5% through 2014; while in the urban context it has gone from 9.5% to only 1.8% in the same period. It should be noted that efforts to provide the service were a major undertaking to improve living conditions and provide the utility. However, the percentage still does not cover the entire population. That's why our team developed a lighting system using sun-powered lamps working as a hybrid system, which serves both indoor and outdoor lighting with a versatile design. It works from a ceiling mount; while natural light passes indoors throughout the day, its built-in solar panels and battery pack store the energy to power a LED. The system has a switch for turning the LED on and off and a USB port for cellular charging. The versatile design allows it to be used for public lighting. It is a product that will be manufactured with 20 PET bottles and replaces lighting methods such as the use of kerosene and coal lamps.



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