Shell is working with GravityLight, a company that uses gravity to produce a safe, limitless source of light for people living off the energy grid. Having initially helped expand GravityLight’s reach with a Shell Springboard grant, we’re now working together to launch and sell the product to people across Kenya. Starting in Nairobi we’re travelling from village-to-village on a 50-night tour demonstrating the health benefits and cost savings of GravityLight versus traditional kerosene lamps.
Turning gravity into light
Harnessing kinetic energy from falling rocks, GravityLight produces a safe, renewable source of light to those with no access to electricity.
Smarter Every Day
Destin Sandlin is an aerospace and mechanical engineer from Alabama. He’s also the brains behind Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers. As anyone who watch’s Destin’s videos will testify, he likes to explore and explain the world through science – helping his viewers become, well, smarter every day.
So naturally we thought he’d be the perfect person to pull apart a GravityLight and share his opinions on the impact this bright energy idea will have on developing nations. Watch the video below to grow a little smarter.
Light without kerosene
Kerosene is a widely-available fuel used throughout the world. It can however be a costly and dangerous source of energy. Studies show that kerosene expenses can consume up to 30% of the monthly income for some of the world's poorest families. Worst yet, open kerosene flames are common causes for burn trauma and the destruction of homes. Much like cigarette smoke, the fumes from gas lamps may also contribute to cancer.
GravityLight helps break the poverty cycle as it pays itself off thereby replacing a dependence on kerosene. The light empowers children and adults as it gives them a safer and healthier way to study at night. And because GravityLight uses local distribution partners and sales agents Kenyans can even earn a living selling the products. We believe this is a bright energy idea that just keeps on giving.
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