Archive for August, 2013

The future looks bright thanks to charity foundation

What better way to create a sustainable light source than by using something we all throw away every day – plastic bottles?

Myshelter Foundation is a charity set up to promote the use of cheap and sustainable energy and deliver it to those who need it most.


W
e take it for granted when we flick on a light switch and rarely give a thought about those who are not fortunate enough to enjoy such a luxury, but thanks to this revolutionary system, more and more people in deprived areas around the world will have their lives illuminated; all because of a breakthrough invention.

The system designed by Alfred Moser, creates light by using an old plastic bottle, some water and a little sunlight – known as the “solar bottle bulb.”

Using the powers of refraction, light equivalent to that produced by a 55 watt bulb can be created. It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make.

Thanks to the work of Myshelter Foundation and Liter of Light nearly 30,000 homes in the Philippines have been transformed and the lives of over 70,000 people enhanced.

Their fantastic work hasn’t stopped there, providing lighting solutions for people in Indonesia and India also.

The future looks bright for the foundation and they are currently looking for more volunteers to assist them with their latest challenge – to install 1 million bottle lights around the world by 2015.

The future looks bright for Schiphol airport thanks to LED lighting

New LED runway signs are to be installed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The existing signs, which inform pilots of locations, routes and runway numbers, are illuminated by halogen bulbs and are situated in the landing areas. But the new LED versions will soon replace them; reducing energy consumption by around 70%.

The lights along one of the airport’s runways have already been changed and over the next few years thousands of signs are due to be replaced; mostly during periods when the runways are out of operation due to pre-arranged maintenance work.

The signs, which are 3.3ft (1m) high and 13.1-16.4ft (4-5m) wide, are illuminated permanently in accordance with safety regulations.  The standard practice has been to use halogen lamps, which last around one year.  LED lamps have a service life of approximately ten years and use 70% less energy.

It’s hoped that material from the old signs will be recycled. The electric switches, along with other usable materials such as plastics, aluminium and copper will also be separated and re-used elsewhere.