If you could find a way to help people in need through “greenliness”, would you? Especially when the solution is extremely simple, inexpensive, and easily accessible?
That is exactly what Alfredo Moser, who now works for the MyShelter Foundation in the Philippines, has done. He came up with a solution to light up 1 million homes in need of electricity using only a bottle, bleach, and water. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
Not really. It’s just science.
Putting water and a little bleach in a bottle can generate 40 to 60 watts of light. The light is generated from the top part of the bottle being exposed to sunlight, and it acts as a “simple refraction of light”. A refraction of light is the bending of light, which is caused by a change in speed. It occurs when light passes from one substance to another with a different density, i.e. air to water.
This results in a lighting system that’s much greener (and safer) than kerosene lamps, which are what many populations living under the poverty line currently use.
A downside to this new “technology” is that it has no way to actually store the energy, and it only works in the daytime, because it’s powered by sunlight. Despite these shortcomings, it is still considered to be extremely valuable energy advance for the developing world.
What are your thoughts and opinions on this charitable work? Do you think better technology needs to be found to resolve our energy crisis, or should they just stick with this and finetune it? Tell us what you think in a comment below!