August 15, 2011 in Green Products
In a world where 1 in 4 humans lives without access to electricity, and you and I pretty much can’t exist without it an economically viable solution to light up the nights is a blessing, no less. Nokero N200 is a small and effective solution for a large problem! Nokero (No kerosene!) was formed in June 2010 by inventor Steve Katsaros to develop safe and environmentally-friendly solar products that eliminate the need for harmful and polluting fuels used for light and heat around the world and most importantly, are affordable to the communities that need them.
Nokero lamps are an all-in-one solar system that is already completely and successfully replacing kerosene lamps and paraffin candles in places all around the world where electricity is not a given. Best of all, their lighting products are more economical than any other lights of the same kind.
- A typical kerosene lamp emits about 10 lumens of light, similar to Nokero.
- Nokero is made in a high-quality factory, has its CE certification, and is built to last 5+years when properly cared for.
- Nokero’s battery lasts 2-3 years, and is replaceable for about $1 US.
- Nokero is bulb-shaped, so it’s easy to identify what it is and how it works – anyone can use it.
- Pivot technology allows for maximum efficiency – the solar panel can pivot toward the sun to increase insolation rates.
- The most affordable solar light of its kind
- Quality design and construction
- The best commercially available solar panels
- High-temperature battery works efficiently in all climates
About Worldwide Kerosene Use
- A quarter of humanity still obtains illumination via fuel-based lighting, usually Kerosene or “Kero”.
- Usage is expected to shrink only slightly by 2030 (from 1.6 billion in 2006 to 1.3 billion in 2030), and is on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Fuel lighting is widespread in well over 100 countries.
- Typical kerosene users burn their lamps for 1.5 hours a night
- The Nokero N100 lasts about 2 hours a night on one day’s charge.
- The Nokero N200 lasts 6-plus hours a night on one day’s charge.
- The average user spends 5% of their income on lighting fuel.
- Off-grid lighting users spend $40 billion per year (about 20% of all global lighting expenditures) yet receive only 0.1% of total lighting services.
- Nokero pays for itself within weeks or months (depending on region) when replacing a kerosene lamp.
- Recent market research has shown these users’ willingness to pay $6-$15 for solar LED products.
- Better light creates improved study conditions, leading to a better overall economy for the host nation. (One report stated that study time of students rose from 1.47 hours to 2.71 hours per day, with a positive effect on school performance, when using LED lighting rather than fuel lamp lighting).
- Off-grid businesses rank “improved lighting” highest among a set of improvements desired for their premises.
- Those who buy a product take more care of it than those who are given a product.
- Traditional solar home systems cost $300 or more and require installation.
- Typical “hurricane” lanterns cost about $5US in most regions.
- Battery-powered LED flashlights are available in some areas for about $5, but 87% of users had problems within 6 months.
- Inhalation of fumes from fuel lamps is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day.
- Exposure to single-wick lamps exposes user to 10 times more particulate matter (PM) than ambient health guidelines.
- More than 1 million people per year die in fires started by fuel-lamps and lighting materials.
- Indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of 1.6 million people every year—that’s one death every 20 seconds.
- Long-term inhalation of hydrocarbons, including kerosene fumes, results in central nervous system damage, including loss of cognitive functions, gait disturbances, and loss of coordination.
- Other health risks include burns, complications from fires or explosions, child poisoning because of inadvertent consumption, exposure to unburned fuel, and compromised ‘visual health’ because of sub-standard luminance levels.
- 1.3 million Barrels of oil per day consumed by fuel lighting.
- 190 million tons of carbon dioxide released into atmosphere.
- This is the equivalent of 30m cars.
- One Nokero bulb can save 0.77 tons of CO2 during its lifetime.
- Other fuels:
- Kerosene is not the only fuel used for light.
- More than 7% of households in Tanzania burn wood for light.
- 20% of homes in Ethiopia burn biofuels (non-kerosene) for light.
Kerosene facts and information are sourced from The Lumina Project
Nokero N200 is the latest from Nokero and is a simple easy to use solution for most lighting issues at home or while camping.
Some interesting facts:
In most countries, the Nokero N200 pays for itself in 15 days to 2 months by eliminating the need for expensive candles or kerosene.
The Nokero N200 also makes an ideal camping light, or a portable RV light, emergency light, or marine light.
It brings 6 hours of light per night on “low” and 2.5 hours of light per night on “high”,* but it can be charged for multiple days in a row to extend its lighting time.
The battery will last for 1.5 years, and can be replaced to keep the bulb lasting for years.
Energy production and distribution has been a costly and polluting exercise world over. We all await a day when renewable energy can be produced in a cost effective way so that the nights will be lit world over. Nokero N200 is a step in the right way for more details and to buy check out Nokero N200