Panasonic “Cut Out the Darkness” project launched
Panasonic, the Japanese giant that has done its bit to make sure that darkness is eradicated in different parts of the poorest regions of the world, by launching the “Cut Out the Darkness” project which will see the delivery of solar lanterns and shades which are based on designs that have been contributed by participants to homes and schools in the non-electrified regions. In fact, Panasonic is right now on the lookout for folks worldwide to be involved in this very project, all the while hoping to make the participants aware of the various issues in these regions that do not have the luxury of electricity.
At the moment, around 1.32 billion people worldwide still do not have access to electricity, which is something that many of us take for granted, actually. In fact, many homes in the regions still fall back on kerosene lamps for lighting purposes, and it goes without saying that such kerosene lamps do pose as a serious fire and health threat. Being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of light, it also further restricts them to what they can do. With less or no electric lighting at all, it ends up affecting the health and education sectors, as well as the economy.
Solar lanterns could be the solution here, as users can use these to juice up electricity during the daytime, saving all of that power in the secondary battery, which will then be able to be called upon at night, which will do its bit to solve social issues in non-electrified regions while making sure that fire and health risks are curbed, not to mention to reduce the emission of CO2 by kerosene lamps.
If you want to participate in the “Cut Out the Darkness” project, its website will come with its own application which lets you design a cutout while checking out a virtual shade image on-screen as you work on the design. After the design is complete, submit it online and visitors will vote on how popular it is. The top 100 popular designs will be chosen and manufactured before being sent over to those far flung places that badly need such a basic infrastructure.