Solar, Not Kerosene, Is What the World Needs

Like in cartoons, sometimes a brilliant idea appears in the shape of a light bulb. This is because solar lights are some of the most brilliant ideas being developed to make the world a more sustainable place and to promote inclusion for those people living in remote areas.

Around two billion people in the world rely on burning biomass for cooking and power and a great portion of that live in off-grid regions. There’s a great opportunity there to bring alternative energy such as solar to those people, as we have seen in previous articles. And sometimes an idea can be really simple and take the shape of light bulb.

Nokero’s N200 solar powered LED lamp light bulb is one of them. Nokero is a short for no kerosene, in reference to the dirty fuel that so many people rely on. The company was founded in 2010 by American inventor Steve Katsaros. From his base in Denver he works on solar LED design innovation and orchestrates the business development, marketing and public relations of the company. The Hong Kong office deals with manufacturing, shipping and logistics.

Nokero’s provides cheap products (prices range between $10 and $20). Besides lights, it also makes mobile phone chargers and battery chargers. The company also supports Child Fund International, helping children whose education and potential is hampered by lack of electricity.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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One comment on “Solar, Not Kerosene, Is What the World Needs


Getting people of kerosene lamps by giving or selling them efficient PV powered lamps is an old idea and there are many companies producing these kind of lamps. What makes the one in the article so special. What is the news value?

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