Inventid product design
August 1, 2017 | Simon Jenkins
A company founded by former design students Henry James and Bryn Morgan is helping to provide cheap, clean power across Africa with a £10 light.
Some 600 million people in African countries without electricity rely on kerosene storm lamps, which are expensive to run and produce smoke that is linked to respiratory diseases, cataracts and house fires.
The solar-powered SM100, designed by the graduates’ company Inventid, can run for eight hours when fully charged and is twice as bright as kerosene. The light is rectangular, rather than round, to reduce component costs and has a stand so it can be used as a study light or hung in a room – and straps so it can be used as a head torch.
In March, the product won silver in the 2017 Design for Society and Design for Sustainability categories at the European Product Design Awards.