Quantum Energy & Engineering
- Diego Quan
- Avishek Goel
- Sanne Wassink
Currently, more than 1 billion people still do not have access to electricity. Of these, 84% resides in the rural world. Even people living in developing nations with established electric grids are the victims of light poverty due to unreliable power and frequent blackouts. Thus, these communities are often forced to use unsafe and pricey candles and kerosene lamps. Use of such lighting worldwide emits nearly 180 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions per annum. As per WHO it has been estimated that the fumes generated by these are equivalent to smoking to 20 cigarettes per day. As per the recent data, it is approximated that the use of such primitive sources of light claims the lives of nearly 1.5 million people every year due to respiratory diseases and fires. Moreover, 4 million people die prematurely every year due to the use of kerosene lamps and other forms of activities resulting in household air pollution.
A smart kettle called GETI for boiling water which harvests waste heat from a cook stove and generates clean electricity enough to light a rural household and charge mobile phones for less money than candles and/or kerosene lamps, without pollution, in a clean, sustainable and culturally feasible manner. Aside from clean lighting, it will also provide its consumers with clean drinking water (free from harmful pathogens). GETI has been strategically designed to fit in the cultural needs of the people as they are already using vessels for boiling their water. Simply put GETI on top of a cook stove, and it will start generating electricity within seconds. Electricity is generated with the help of thermoelectric generators which uses temperature difference between cook stove and water. The power generated gets stored in an attached battery which in turn lights the LEDs and charge the mobile phones. Adoption of our technology in communities would be instrumental in combating negative health impacts related to the use of candles or kerosene lamps. The product will contribute to reduced emissions and therefore decrease the impact on people’s health, such as dizziness, incidences of eye infections, coughing and headaches to name a few. It will also increase household productivity by providing a high-quality source of artificial light. We are confident that the induction of our product in the community, via an inclusive business model, would foster local entrepreneurship. Thereby generating new employment and income opportunities.