Filipino Scietists Creates Revolutionary Lamp That Runs On A Glass Of Saltwater

A Filipino architect and scientist named Aisa Mijeno, just invented a revolutionary lamp that runs on a glass of saltwater instead of batteries.

Filipino Scietists Creates Revolutionary Lamp That Runs On A Glass Of SaltwaterHer vision in creating the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) lamp was to “light up the rest of the Philippines sustainably,” by finding an environment-friendly alternative light source suitable for people in coastal areas.

That is why she came up with the idea of SALt, after spending time with the locals of the Butbut tribe in the Kalinga Province of Philippines, who had no access to electricity.  

The lamp can apparently run for eight hours in just using: two tablespoons of salt and a glass of water.

Filipino Scietists Creates Revolutionary Lamp That Runs On A Glass Of Saltwater

It is made of tediously experimented and improved chemical compounds, catalysts, and metal alloys that when submerged in electrolytes will generate electricity,” Mijeno explained.

The idea behind it is the chemical conversion of energy, but while it works on the scientific principle of the galvanic cell, it makes use of a harmless, non-toxic saline solution instead of utilizing hazardous electrolytes. 

Other than that, this saltwater lamp not only makes lighting available to remote areas, it’s also a lot cheaper than conventional kerosene or electric lamps, considerably safer since it does not have components and compounds that may spark fire, and, most importantly, it’s environment-friendly since it does not emit toxic gases and leaves a minimal carbon footprint.

This isn’t just a product It’s a social movement,” Minejo added.

Filipino Scietists Creates Revolutionary Lamp That Runs On A Glass Of SaltwaterAlthough the SALt lamp isn’t being mass produced yet, it has received global recognition. In fact, Mijeno has won several awards and competitions in the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea for the work that she put into the device.

More so, The New York Times reported that she recently attended a discussion of climate change hosted by President Obama, where she spoke about the SALt lamp in detail. He called her venture a “splendid thought”, while referring to her as “the perfect example of young entrepreneurs coming up with leapfrog technology.”

But for now, Mijeno’s immediate challenge lies in finding a way to manufacture the lamp so that it remains durable, economical, and easy to maintain. If it manages to work as promised, it can produce about 90 lumens of light at just $20, plus $3 to replace the anode every six months. That’s perfect for areas with no electricity grid, and safer than kerosene lamps. SALt also features a USB port that can be used to charge mobile phones or other electrical devices. If everything goes according to plan, Mijeno believes the product should be available on the market in 2016.

The danger in (kerosene) lamps is it could cause fire accidents. We want to provide a lighting option that is more cost-effective, more safe, more sustainable and environmentally friendly by way of a lantern that uses saline solution or ocean water as a catalyst to generate electricity,” he said.

Just imagine, if we’re able to power a whole island using ocean water. That’s what we’re trying to aim for,” she said.


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