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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Posted By Brit Liggett On April 5, 2010 @ 5:02 pm In Air quality,Architecture,Design,Environment,global development,green gadgets,Green Lighting,humanitarian design,Innovation,Solar Power | 6 Comments

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In the poorest regions of the world [2], exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That’s why we’re really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar [3] who’ve designed their Solar Pebble to replace kerosene lamps [4] which are widely used in rural Africa [5]. Kerosene is expensive and highly toxic and eliminating the use of it is a huge mission for humanitarian designers [6]. This little solar wonder [7] is a great alternative. Its small, portable, inexpensive and can provide light [8] as well as charge small electronic devices [9].

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Solar [11] and wind power [12] are great alternatives to kerosene but are often large and not portable. The Solar Pebble is small enough to carry around, clip on the front of a bicycle [13], or hang from the ceiling of a home. With a 12 hour charge it can light a room for an entire day. It can also provide a charge for a mobile phone [14] in an area without electricity.

In total the Solar Pebble costs about a tenth of what a family would spend on kerosene for light and is 100% cleaner. They are releasing the product in June to the masses. Like the XO Laptop [15] every purchase made in the developed world helps provide Solar Pebbles to people in the developing world [16]. It would be perfect for camping or as a reading light and you’d use it knowing that someone else is enjoying the same clean light [17] that you have.

+ The Solar Pebble [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/tiny-solar-pebble-can-replace-kerosene-lamps-in-rural-africa/solar-pebble-for-africa/

[2] poorest regions of the world: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/18/the-watertower-aims-to-solve-sudans-drought/

[3] Plus Minus Solar: http://www.plusminussolar.co.uk/index.html

[4] kerosene lamps: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/22/light-the-world-using-dirt-powered-fuel-cells/

[5] rural Africa: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/02/disposable-toilet-can-help-grow-crops-in-developing-nations/

[6] huge mission for humanitarian designers: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=kerosene+lamp

[7] solar wonder: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/solar-powered-personal-transit-system-of-the-future/

[8] provide light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/barcelona-introduces-led-streetlights-that-cut-energy-use-by-13/

[9] electronic devices: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[10] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/tiny-solar-pebble-can-replace-kerosene-lamps-in-rural-africa/solar-pebble-at-night/

[11] Solar: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/sundolier-robot-pumps-sunlight-indoors-for-powerful-daylighting/

[12] wind power: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/gorgeous-green-energy-park-for-korea-electric-power-corporation/

[13] of a bicycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/treadmill-bike-is-a-creative-workout-on-wheels/

[14] mobile phone: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/11/solar-surge-ipod-and-iphone-cases-are-now-available/

[15] XO Laptop: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/23/fuseprojects-new-tablet-device-for-children/

[16] developing world: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/16/lessons-in-green-building-from-afghanistan%C2%A0/

[17] clean light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/17/energy-generating-self-heating-solar-roadway-unveiled/

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