Wednesday, August 17, 2011
NOKERO: A SOLAR SOLUTION
Nokero (short for 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 stands for “No Kerosene,” and our bulbs are an all-in-one solar system that is already completely and successfully replace kerosene lamps and paraffin candles in places all around the world. Best of all, our lighting products are more economical than any other lights of their kind (For more, visit the Nokero Dealer Page)
A Nokero light charges by day and brings hours of light each night. Nokero products original designs utilize the best technology available.
Bulb shape makes it easily identifiable – 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
An estimated 1.6 billion people live without access to electricity. Left in the dark, most turn to kerosene and other fossil fuels for light. Living with a kerosene lamp is like smoking 40 cigarettes a day, and more than 1.8 million people a year die from complications arising from indoor air pollution. Kerosene fires are common, killing more than 1 million each year.
The problem affects us all: The smoke and CO2 coming from the world’s fuel lanterns is equivalent to the exhaust from 30 million cars.
Fuel is also expensive - about $40 billion per year is spent on lighting fuel by the world’s poorest people, yet those who use kerosene receive only 0.1% of total lighting services. Money that could be used for food and medicine is spent on fuel instead. With quality light, a family can continue being productive – cooking, studying, earning extra money for the family – into the night. Without it, a family is one step further from escaping poverty.
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.
Economics: 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.
Health: 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.
Environment: 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.
Nokero performance: 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.