SOLAR BOTTLE BULB – TRUELY GREEN
When I saw this video of bringing light to the dis-privileged communities in the Philippines by using the Solar Bottle bulb, I remember the Solar Tube I saw during various exhibits on green building designs. To give you have an idea of what solar tube looks like, check on the image on the left. Their concept is similar wherein you use sunlight as replacement to lighting interior rooms, thus maximizing natural resources, conserving on energy and money as well. They differ on the materials used though. The Solar Tube is fabricated from the factory and made from quote expensive materials while the Solar Bottle Bulb is made from a liter of transparent bottle (recycled for soda bottles) filled with water and bleach (the bleach serves as protection of the water to algae formation) on inserted on G.I. roofing. It is put on the roofing with the right kind of waterproof sealant.
This Solar Bottle Bulb was designed and developed by students of Massachusetts Institute of Technology to address the concept of providing simple and easy o replicate technologies for the basic use or needs of developing countries. They call this concept as Appropriate Technologies. Isang Litrong Liwanag Project or A liter of Light Project in English is promoting the use of this Solar Bottle Bulb to less fortunate communities in the Philippines. This sustainable lighting project is under MyShelter Foundation that was established by Illac Diaz. Their foundation is to create systems of reliability and sustainability.
Well this really is a good news, especially those people living on places where there is no electricity or slum areas where their houses does not permit the entrance of sunlight. Yup there are communities like this in the Philippines as well as to other developing countries. I think, this as well serve as a conservation strategies for families, so they would save more money because of less usage of electricity. High price of electricity is another big problems being experience by families.
I salute this project. Totally Green. Totally Sustainable.