TRI Led Lantern

Empathic Solar Lamps to beat Energy Poverty


Coordinators: Angelo Consoli and Leonida Bombace
Technical Support & Engineers: Angelo Parisi and Prince Verma

| Today’s world is a universe of energy inequalities |

Despite of the continuous technological improvements, the amount of poor and extremely poor people is raising instead of diminishing. Hundreds of Millions of people all around the world suffer from lack of proper alimentation, of decent houses, of sufficient supply of energy due to the absence of electricity; they cannot protect their children in their first years of life, and they hardly manage to educate and raise them; they struggle to achieve a dignified existence, and are exposed to severe risks during the course of their lives.
The latest surveys on prices, conducted all over the world to calculate the variations of purchase power, covered 146 Countries, including about 100 developing Countries. Extreme poverty is a very severe and widespread problem in the African continent, and it’s present in large amounts in the Indian subcontinent as well.
Here are some figures to help better understand the situation:
  • 51,2% of the population in Africa,
  • 40,3% in Asia,
  • 16,6% in Latin America and in the Caribbeans,
  • 7,5 % in Europe and United States
The geography of global poverty presents jagged local values, even within individual countries, in terms of income distribution between regions, between social groups, between sexes, between different age groups and between urban and rural areas. The poor live mostly in rural areas of developing countries.
Brand new energy poor categories, in a relative sense, are the elderly with low pensions, young people with volatile incomes, the very large families, the long-term unemployed, people with low education or confined in ghettos or urban low-income areas, the marginalized minorities.
Poverty reduces life expectancy. The poor or very poor, exposed to food shortages or environmental health issues, has less protection against diseases, because it has no income to get medical care or medication.
Energy poverty blocks access to education and limits the right of voice and citizenship, even in a democratic State, because of the illiteracy and the lack of access to the media that it brings. It also hampers the protection of the rights, preventing people from acquiring knowledge about the world surrounding them and impeding to sustain legal fees.
Did you know that the poor below the threshold of € 2 per day in the world are not considered part of the market by the big energy companies?
We at CETRI-TIRES do, and we are shocked about it.
In the context of known technologies, without needing to apply radical innovations, there is ample room to increase and improve the quality of life of our children and our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
Starting from these assumptions, and driven by the desire to help change the things, the empathic project TRI LED Lantern was created.
CETRI-TIRES through its Scientific Committee has identified an immediate and effective solution to help these families in the world with the aid of simple, repairable, renewable technologies.
The Secretary General of CETRI Leonida Bombace, coordinator of the project, has identified a startup in India capable of supporting this adventure with its skills and its empathy: it is the young startup PECS International, coordinated by its founder Prince Verma, who, in addition to being a member of the Scientific Committee of CETRI , has been working for one year to the development of a LED Lamp that can illuminate large rooms (30 sqm) with a battery that lasts up to 15 hours with a rechargeable portable photovoltaic module.
The Lantern is made in India with materials and components assembled on site; the lighting body is made with the latest generation of LED and the product is constantly being improved and is made every time more effective by adapting it to the needs of those who will use it; the batteries, the container and the components are replaceable and repairable in almost all the components.
The idea is to provide these lamps to all those who need them on the basis of humanitarian projects with institutional donors or NGOs funded by citizens through crowdfunding, and also through illuminated trade policies in order to make the lamp affordable even by people who have a low-income, in proportion to their saving capabilities, even with micro-credit projects or purchase in small installments.
For every 3 Lanterns purchased through the project TRI LED Lantern, one will be donated at no charge in India, and in the future also in South America and Africa, to those who need it.
Hence the name of the lantern and of the project, “TRI LED Lantern”. TRI as the 3 lamps whose purchase ensures the donation of a lantern to the people involved in the project, TRI as theTerza Rivoluzione Industriale (Third Industrial Revolution), symbol of empathy and sharing according to the vision of the inventor of the TIR, Jeremy Rifkin.
By purchasing and using a TRI LED Lantern you will lower your power consumption and avoid CO2 emissions, you can solve lighting problems in cases of emergency (the lamp has an automatic ignition system in case of power failure from the mains supply) and simultaneously help Prince Verma’s young Indian startup become a big empathic company, able to transfer to other products the same philosophy that inspired the TRI LED Lantern.
The donations will be promoted and certified through a Solar Ambassador by CETRI-TIRES or bylocal NGOs; their task will be to give the TRI LED Lantern to households that need it, certify the donation with photos and videos and attend the families themselves in the event of failures or malfunctions, and to gather tips to improve the performance in use of the Lanterns.

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