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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Senegal 2017
Establishing serviceable LED lightbulbs at the African market to reduce the environmental pollution and accomplish better living conditions and new job opportunities.
There is a limited supply of mains electricity in many parts of the country in both the capital and rural areas. The import of 100 watt incandescent lightbulbs is still being allowed by the government although there is no guaranteed electricity supply. A high amount of energy is wasted using short living lightbulbs. Moreover, many available long-term lightbulbs include mercury that, if not recycled properly, contaminates land and water.
Establishing E bulbs in the areas with mains electricity to provide 2-3 hours back up lightening, even if electricity fails. The lightbulbs are reloaded automatically when the general supply is back on. Affordable and repairable LED lightbulbs reduce the need and amount of import and the environmental pollution.
The design of the LED lightbulbs, with or without battery, maintains an open cover to provide serviceability and durability.
The idea of installing serviceable repairable light bulbs rather than using throw-aways, as well as providing 2-year warranty for each bulb with free repair, and creating a lightbulb service small industry is a new and excellent idea. No one seems to have thought about this and they did it. It has potential to revolutionize and greatly improve the quality of aid and the benefits of all the LED projects in Africa. The implementation needs government support, at least initially, but the environmental benefits (avoided water disposal) and the economic advantages for users are both more than positive.