SALT: Sustainable Alternative Lighting

By: Mili Patel (mmp2203)


1: Sustainability Problem: Civic Engagement and Energy

Many developing and under-developing nations like the Philippines rely on kerosene lamps, battery lamps or candles.These types of sources can be unreliable and expensive. The lack of access to electricity in these types of nations is a civic concern that has a direct impact on a persons standard of life (i.e. education, nutrition and health).

2: Article: Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water (Katie Medlock)

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  • The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project creates lamps that run on salt and water. It can also run on ocean water.
  • Operates 8 hours a day and with proper maintenance can last 6 months.
  • Many homes in the Philippines are vulnerable to fires because of the primary use of candles and paraffin lamps; SALT lamps prevent unnecessary fires to homes.
  • Able to charge smartphones and could be used to charged electronic devices.

3: Stakeholders:

Citizens of underdeveloped Nations , Consumers in Developed Nations, Businesses  and Non-Profits

4: Steps to deploy:

  1. Partner with businesses to secure funding and investment to make the lamps. Create a business plan that could use this product in several different markets (i.e. camping equipment or preparedness kits for disaster storms). This could make it viable to give these lamps for a lower price to help under developed nations.
  2. Research several areas that could be a testing ground to sell or give this product. Criteria could be: need of electricity, risks that are related to lack of electricity and is the government corrupt or not
  3. Partner with Governments and local NGOs that want to “buy” the lamp and aid in creating an implementation plan, educational plan and “customer service” hubs to give these lamps to the citizens in need.



2 thoughts on “SALT: Sustainable Alternative Lighting

  1. I think this is a great invention. Since many poor families in the Philippines live in slums where houses are made of flammable materials and these houses are closely stacked against each other, a fire in one house can quickly turn into a fire affecting hundreds of families. Eliminating the risk of fire from their lighting fixtures is one good step towards safer homes.

    I have heard of many other lighting programs in the poor communities of the Philippines but they are using solar lamps. I wonder if they are operating in the same areas and how the competition plays out.


  2. This is really interesting – the health improvement for users moving away kerosene and the diminished saftey risk from having fire related light sources will improve the quality of life for users. I wonder how this will impact land-locked countries? Great post!


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