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Solar-powered 'Energy Bucket' collects sunshine

by , 10/08/07

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could store just a little bit of sunlight for a rainy day? That’s what designer Stefano Merlo thougt, and while actually storing sunlight might just be a bit too difficult, his solar-powered Energy Bucket, might just be the next best thing.


Merlo’s inspiration was simple: saving energy is a problem, and the solutions offered are too far removed from what people actually do in real life. He was inspired by the age-old practice of collecting water from the river in buckets. Thus, the Energy Bucket is simply just a plastic bucket that houses 1kw LED lights which are powered by the photovoltaic solar panels installed on the lid of the bucket. Needless to say, he took something as mundane as a bucket and turned it into an opportunity for people to realize that there are simple solutions to big problems.

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  1. Marilyn Ramos March 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

    like i said all i want 2 know where can i get one ???
    where can i buy one and where how 2 get 2 order one ??

  2. marylou millett December 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Can these be purchased? If so, how much?

  3. ItsBecauseiMust June 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Here it is 3 yrs later and Im totally intrigued with these buckets and would love to have them. They’re perfectly useful. And we can purchase where….?

  4. Piriya February 20, 2008 at 5:25 am

    1 kW? .. holy..

  5. Michele January 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

    here are the pictures of the prototype.
    You can find them on the website

    http://www.stefanomerlo.com/Energy_Bucket_PressKit.zip

  6. Liz December 19, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I agree with Aaron.. looks like photo shop … went to his site … found no real info .. just more pictures.

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  9. Matt October 12, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Hear hear Sam!

    Read through the comments and had the exact same reaction.

    I dig it.

  10. Sam October 11, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Good grief…can you all take you fingers out of your a**e for a minute and look at what it is… a’light’ hearted piece of art (modern?) that is there to make you smile, think and possibly question how you can help save energy…..

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  14. sarcastitician October 9, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    PURE GENIUS

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  16. chas October 9, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I really don’t see anything that this product does that isn’t done by any of the hundreds of other solar powered lawn lights already on the market.

  17. WhichTee.com October 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

    This is kinda dumb, a night light doesn’t need that much electricity, it costs more to manufacturer these than a years worth of electricity for a nightlight (the glowey kind)

  18. Matus1976 October 9, 2007 at 9:52 am

    1kw is incorrect, as that is the energy a typical house uses. more like 1 or 2 watts, given the size of the solar panel on the top of the bucket, not 1,000 watts, which is more than the avaiable energy at the equator in direct sunlight in a square meter of sunlight.

  19. Sarah Spitz October 9, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Adam is right; I often see clever ideas with not much practical application, and I continue to wonder: why does form always trump function in the design universe? There are so many essential needs that remain unaddressed while the privileged few engage in the aesthetics and trivialities of design. BTW: is that Adam Davidson, Gordon and Judi’s son, an NPR reporter, or a different Adam?

  20. Allen October 9, 2007 at 9:40 am

    It’s a Solar Powered Bucket. hmmm… Solar powered shovel anyone?

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  22. Joel October 9, 2007 at 8:57 am

    1 kw LEDs? I don’t think so. Even if somehow he did have 1 kw of LED lighting inside that bucket (which would probably melt the plastic) a really sunny day’s light will only provide about 10 watts per square foot. That being the case and assuming a charging system that’s 100% efficient (can’t happen), the top of the bucket would have to be WELL over 100 square feet to support the lighting. Either that or the bucket would have to charge for 100 days to be lit for 1. That combined with the fact that these photos are a fairly obvious photochopping job… Make your own conclusions.

  23. Jake October 9, 2007 at 8:51 am

    I agree with Adam. If all this bucket does is glow its as essentially useful as those little stars you can buy and stick on your wall that glow at night with a retail price of 99p. Why not make a bucket that collects light super efficeiently and actually is as bright as a light bulb when you switch it on should you need it in your garden or wherever

  24. Aaron October 9, 2007 at 8:33 am

    looks like its all photoshop to me…

  25. memals October 9, 2007 at 8:03 am

    the only thing green about it is it does not use batteries and I can see no use for it anyway.
    arty version of the solar garden lights all my firends have.

  26. Debbie Bauer October 9, 2007 at 8:02 am

    I guess we’re not supposed to take this too seriously … In a world where sustainable design is not just defined by solar technology, we won’t be producing mono-functional objects of uncertain recyclability.

  27. Dragon October 9, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Where does he *get* those 1 KW LEDs?

  28. Adam Davidson October 8, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Well; the design is quite pleasant, and the intent is well meaning. The issue that I note is that the product was essentially created as a statement, with little functional purpose. I understand that it could work as a sort of nightlight or chic trinket, but it really seems like another item on the market that will be labeled green, bought, and thrown into the pile of superfluous material detritus.

  29. Nidis October 8, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    So… they… glow?

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