Gravity is the miracle that keeps us grounded on this very planet Earth, but years pass by that we even acknowledge its presence. But, did you know this marvelous downward force also has the potential of lighting the whole wide world?
According to current statistics, till the year 2015, about 1.1 billion people all around the world were still living without access to energy. A majority of these people are surviving by depending on kerosene lamps, which a number of studies have claimed is immensely harmful to their health. In fact, inhaling the toxic fumes coming from these kerosene lamps is almost equivalent to smoking 170 cigarettes a year. This unintentional ingestion of kerosene is currently the leading cause of child poisoning in developing countries all around the world.
In addition to the respiratory issues, these kerosene lamps also pose a number of other problems. For example, in the Indian subcontinent alone, about a million people suffer moderate to severe burns by overturned kerosene lamps every year.
The GravityLight Foundation is focused at bringing a safe and bright future to all those areas of the world with limited or no electricity access through its innovative GravityLight lamps, which make use of the power of gravity. The Foundation is a UK Registered Charity that is working towards alleviating poverty and protecting environment through innovative designs.
Developed by designers Jim Reeves and Martin Riddiford, GravityLight is a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that makes use of a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. The lamps give people who are currently living in a dark after the sun goes down a possibility to add new possibilities and dimensions to their lives.
By exploring the potential that the simple but infinite force of gravity has to offer, the GravityLight Foundation has been successfully able to substantially reduce a number of issues related to energy inaccessibility and risks to public health, and thus making way for a brighter and safer future for those who currently need it the most.
So, how does the GravityLight lamps work?
When gravity is doing its natural thing and pulling the rocks to planet Earth, the force ends up pulling a strap, which in turn spins gears, driving an electric generator to power an LED. Though it is a chain reaction, but it ends up working successfully. Each of such journeys to the ground ends up creating enough energy to keep the light running continuously for 20 minutes. The device can easily reduce the crucial issue of energy expense in the developing countries of the world as after the initial purchase of a GravityLight lamp, there are no operating costs, and the lamps last for several years.
After having its second successful crowdfunding campaign, The GravityLight Foundation is currently on a 50 Night Tour across 50 villages of Kenya. The tour aims to introduce the kerosene lamps using people of the Kenyan population the wonders of a GravityLight lamp.