A Firefly Lights Up Unprivileged CommunitiesBy
Mexican technology that provides clean and affordable energy.
For some time now, the growing concern with the enormous amounts of waste generated by big cities has led scientists to look for new ways to recycle and make the most of renewable sources of energy.
An example of this is the Luciérnaga (lit. “Firefly”) lightbulb, created by Mexican engineer Moisés Venegas Samperio, who planned it with the welfare of low-income communities in mind.
According to a press release issued by Mexico’s National Board of Science & Technology (CONACYT), some of the advantages of the Luciérnaga are that the device is made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and functions on renewable energy.
This project was developed by Aselus, a company founded by the Mexican engineer with the help of his four brothers. In the following months it´ll be implemented in underprivileged communities near the Ajusco volcano in the Tlalpan borough of Mexico City.
The name Luciérnaga refers to its characteristic shape which resembles a firefly. This versatile bulb can be used at home like an ordinary light bulb or in public lampposts.
It works by letting sunlight through its transparent surface to charge photovoltaic cells during daytime. Once it has charged, the battery provides power to light up an LED lamp when the sun goes down.
The patent for this product is still pending, but it’s already an ingenious way to provide nighttime lighting to communities that lack power due to being cut off from major grids.
According to Venegas, they’ve already identified several places with this kind of problem, and during the next stage, they plan to take the Luciérnaga to underprivileged communities in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Chiapas.
The Mexican engineer also stated that there’s an international association that delivers electricity to developing countries, which has shown a lot of interest in the Luciérnaga’s innovative design and affordability.
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