During the past three decades, and even more in recent years, the global community has increasingly recognized the need to find more durable and sustainable energetic solutions. Solutions that will make developed countries more ecologic while giving under-developed or resource-less states new opportunities for development.
Electricity is of course the most basic and vital energetic resource: without it, economic well-being and development would be unattainable. As of now, however, electricity is only available to a limited portion of the world’s people, leaving more than one and a half billion people without access to it. Many rural populations still use polluting, cumbersome, low-quality, dangerous and expensive solutions for lighting (such as kerosene and oil lamps) and powering radios and TVs (such as batteries and dry cells).
Within the wider project of “Design for the other 90”, The Solar Home Lighting System is designed to provide wireless power and thus improve the in-come generating activities they can embark in, as well as their quality of life.
The benefit of the project, apart from the very important practical ones, also concerns another important aspect: the fact that it is produced in the countries that then use it not only makes it cheaper, but also enables the communities that are directly interested to participate directly in its production and distribution, benefiting their economy and raising awareness on the importance of spreading the access to electricity.