Solar Lantern Idea Could Bring Green Jobs

We’ve covered a number of solar lanterns and innovative off-grid generators lately (including one that actually functions as a soccer ball), all of which are intended to help people in rural areas of developing nations light up and plug in, but this is the first we’ve seen that puts a focus on local manufacturing and creating green jobs in the process.

The Light Up concept by Kasra Sadeghian of Toronto is a lamp that pulls its design inspiration, in part, from local Islamic art in northern Ghana, where electricity is scarce and solar energy is abundant. The lamp, covered in thin film solar photovoltaic cells, harvests the sun’s rays from a variety of angles, while a bright graphic switch allows users to switch the Light Up’s LED light on easily, regardless of language barriers.

image via Kasra Sadeghian/Coroflot

The chassis of the Light Up is made from aluminum, using a lost wax technique. As Ghana is one of the last regions of the world that still produces aluminum, this allows the Light Up to be locally sourced and manufactured, in part.

This aluminum chassis also performs a vital function for the lamp itself by acting as a heat sink, helping to protect the batteries and circuit board and increasing the lifetime of this product, which is designed to hold up under tough conditions for years.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.