This week saw the Scotland Lights up Malawi campaign pitch up its banner and lights for this year’s ‘OnShore Wind’ and ‘Storage’ Scottish Renewable conferences, where wonderful new technologies, discussions and opportunities that will help shape, contribute and transition to a low carbon economy where showcased.
Wednesday brought particular focus to storage and the role it will play in working towards smarter and flexible energy system – an area with huge potential and progressive opportunities, ultimately helping Scotland edge towards the 50% target of the renewable electricity supplying our energy demand by 2030.
Alongside this very informative programme, Scotland Lights up Malawi showcased SolarAid’s own new technology, storage at the other end of the scale but equally capable of huge potential and progressive opportunities through its uptake – the ‘worlds most affordable solar lamp’.
This fantastic little lamps (image above) storage offers those without electricity a smart, flexible piece of technology, helping households shift away from the ordinarily relied upon, harmful, expensive and ineffective energy and light source – the kerosene lamp.
With 16million, in Malawi still without access to electricity and in poverty – this newest introduction of technology is the low carbon, affordable and storage capable device, ultimately offering people the ability to take the first step of many onto the energy ladder.
Life without storage capability– kerosene lamp (If they can afford this, otherwise it is candles, average 70p a week or grass):
Average cost per week – $1.50 for 1 litre (little predictability in price and scarce because it in on the black market)
Average use – bare minimum (sun goes down at 5pm)
Risks / limitations – black toxic fumes, fire risk, its cost and life stops when the light goes out.
Life with storage capability – SM100:
Cost– $5 per lamp and able to be bought through a pay as you go scheme.
Usage capability – 5 hours an evening (sun goes down at 5pm)
Offers – clean, sustainable, affordable, quality lighting, once purchased – disposable income and families benefitting from up to 5 hours worth of light a night for activities – e.g. additional hours for children to study.
There is no doubt that it is exciting times ahead for Storage in Scotland whether in industry, government, academia and consumers as the market creates, develops and grows from what we know it to be today.
And despite the small-scale storage of the SM100, its impact and ability is significantly important. With support it can be a grass roots starter, an opportunity giver and enabler for millions to be elevated from poverty.
If you would like to help – (email Ruth) we would be delighted to chat with you about how that might look. Eg whether it an alternative gift donation (certificates available), a cake sale, fundraising event, a corporate donation and / or a useful contact.
Your support enables impact!
Example amazing impact of a £5000 donation *life time of the light: