MANILA – “To light up the rest of the Philippines sustainably” was the vision of Filipina scientist Aisa Mijeno when she made the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt) lamp.
The SALt Lamp is an environment-friendly and sustainable alternative light source that runs on saltwater, making it suitable to those who live in coastal areas.
It can also function well in remote barrios. With just two table spoons of salt and one glass of tap water, this ecologically designed lamp can run for eight hours.
“It is made of tediously experimented and improved chemical compounds, catalysts, and metal alloys that when submerged in electrolytes will generate electricity,” Mijeno explained in an interview with ABS-CBN.
Because of its inspiring vision and ground-breaking innovation, the SALt lamp has received various awards and recognition from organizations in the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea.
It has also won in several competitions locally and abroad.
SALt’s motto is “This isn’t just a product. It’s a social movement.” And they aren’t kidding. Lipa Aisa Mijena is combining her skills as a member of the department of engineering at De La Salle University and her compassion as a member of Greenpeace Philippines to get the lamps in the hands of the most underprivileged communities in the islands. Citizens primarily use candles, paraffin, or battery-operated lamps in their homes, which have been known to cause house fires and drain families’ resources.
The SALt lamp uses a solution of one glass of water mixed with two tablespoons of salt – even salt water directly from the sea – to provide 8 hours of light. The electrode in the device can last up to a year, depending on how often and long it is used, and the manufacturing process has a low footprint. Being the third most natural disaster-prone country in the world, the Philippines could really benefit from lamps, especially during recovery efforts.
The SALt lamps also have the capability to charge smartphone and other devices later this year, although the company’s main objective is to get these lamps to rural islanders who have the greatest need for them.
Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water
Ref: abs-cbnnews.com / http://inhabitat.com/