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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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New invention: gravity-powered flashlights

2015-07-18

One in five people in the world lack electricity at home. For them, the day ends at sunset.

Until now, the solution had been to use kerosene lamps, but these are expensive, harmful to the environment, and easily flammable.

Two English inventors have found a better solution. It's called Gravity Light and it doesn't need batteries or even an electrical current: just gravity. It uses a mechanism that transforms a 12 kilogram weight into electricity. Not only are these flashlights cheaper than kerosene lamps, they're also five times brighter. 

Jim Reeves says that his vision extends far beyond Gravity Lights. 

JIM REEVES
Co-inventor of Gravity Light
"This is not only about product. We want to create local jobs, skills and livelihoods too for those who work and sell Gravity Lights.”

With this in mind, the inventors have started a project in Kenya. They not only want to export their invention, they also want to create jobs by building manufacturing plants in the countries that purchase Gravity Lights. 

The financing is already underway using a crowd-funding model. This simple mechanism could become the solution for many families without access to electricity. 


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