Recently in Manila the people behind the development of this Salt Water lantern received at lot of attention and publicity at the recent APEC meeting. They were presented with yet another award and shared the stage with President Obama.
We have featured this product before which I am full of praise for. Many of my friends and readers have asked is this the project I am working on? The answer is no but we share the use of salt water as an electrolyte . However the more people working on this technology and bringing awareness the better. They are doing a great job at that. We decided to remain under the radar and will bring out a range of products from small down lights through to large lanterns. Apart from the odd trade show to seek feedback from the industry, we will remain under the radar until our product is ready to ship.
Our development team is also in the Philippines, with some consulting engineers and scientists residing in the USA and UK. Its great to see these technologies coming out of developing nations.
We should be hitting the market place at the same time as the Salt product, and I am sure many more companies will follow. This should be in the first quarter of next year. I am a great fan of this project and would encourage everyone to support any of their campaigns. I never view them as competitors but great group of people who have a passion to enable those with few resources to have a better alternative than using kerosene or batteries.
Delivery is not slated until early next year and like our project has taken them a long time to get into production. This technology is not easy.
The following is from their website I have added a few corrections in (red)
Sustainable and cost effective ecologically designed lamp powered by tap water and table salt!
Add 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt, use the lamp for 8 hours.
There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and most of these islands do not have access to electricity. We want to eliminate the sustaining cost in areas that rely on kerosene/battery powered lamps and candles as their main source of lighting. And to provide a more efficient light source for people who use lamps and candles as an alternative source of lighting. Replace consumable every 6 months! Using SALt lamp 8 hours a day every day, with proper maintenance, will give you an anode lifespan of 6 months. Use this as an alternative light source will prolong the life of your anode for more than a year. (This will depend on use. The anode will store about 1 watt hour per gram. If you started charging a lot of cell phones the anode would not last as long)
Light your way with a lamp powered by saltwater. (it is actually powered by the dissolving of a metal anode, the salt water is the electrolyte)
There are no materials and components inside the lamp that may cause fire accidents. One less thing to worry about for families that rely on kerosene lamps as their main source of lighting. This lamp uses the science behind the Galvanic cell, the basis for battery-making, changing the electrolytes to a non-toxic, saline solution — making the entire process safe and harmless.
For emergencies, you can charge your smartphone using this lamp. Just plug in your USB cable.
According to a study conducted by the United Nations, The Philippines ranked 3rd as the most disaster prone country in the whole world. And in disaster situations such as super typhoons, earthquakes — a steady supply of food, drinking water and sustainable light source is very essential. The importance of the product in terms of short term usability and as a long term household staple can be attributed to how easy and common the elements needed to power the lamps are. It also does not emit harmful gasses and leaves minimal carbon footprint making it very environmentally friendly.
You can also use the ocean water to power up your lamp!
If you are living along the coastline, no need to create your saline solution, instead… use the ocean water to operate your lamp.
The salinity of ocean-water can operate your lamp. Use the ocean-water to power up your lamp and it will give you 8 hours of running-time. Salinity is expressed by the amount of salt found in 1,000 grams of water. The average ocean salinity is 35 parts per thousand. Store ocean-water in bottles and use them to power up you lamp anytime, anywhere
SALt have caught the attention of not just local but international competitions and received several awards.
Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia