Lighting up lives with gravity
GravityLight’s simple-but-innovative lighting device is bringing clean, safe, affordable light to families without electricity. Shell is collaborating with this unique start-up to help change lives in Kenya and around the world.
Most of us are used to light at the flick of a switch. But in Kenya, 80% of people have no access to electricity and are dependent on dangerous kerosene lamps for light and cooking. Start-up GravityLight set out to tackle this issue by developing an affordable and safe light that can be powered with just a bag of rocks.
Title: Shell Better Energy Future Gravity Light Kenya
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VO & super: How can a bag of rocks spark a Kenyan child’s imagination?
The box expands to include all the copy and an animation of a bag, a rock and a child’s face with a lightbulb on, connecting to the highlighted words.
In many parts of Kenya when nightfall comes, people’s only light source for reading or studying is a kerosene lamp, which is costly to run and risks exposure to toxic fumes and burns.
We see a Kenyan village with the Kenyan map & flag pulled out. It goes from day to night.
A child reads a book with only a kerosene lamp for light.
Costly to run
So Shell has helped bring the GravityLight to Kenya’s off grid homes.
A Kenyan village appears at night with the Shell logo pulled out.
We see a Gravity Light.
This ingenious lamp harnesses the energy created by a bag of rocks linked to a pulley system and a small dynamo
We see a GravityLight working with a visual of rocks appearing
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To provide precious minutes of reading light.
We see a child reading under a GravityLight
This safe, renewable light source is giving Kenyans, without access to electricity, a valuable opportunity to learn and improve their futures.
Children appear in a classroom, reading using GravityLight
Learn and improve their futures
It’s just one of the ways that Shell and GravityLight are helping to bring better energy to people.
We see a birds eye view
A globe with pulling out the UK, China, India, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, and the US
For millions of people in Kenya who are dependent on kerosene lamps to light their homes, schools, and businesses at night, the open flames and fumes can be dangerous – especially for the children using them to do homework by. Buying kerosene canisters is also a costly expense for many families.
GravityLight saw these challenges and set about creating a light that is safer, cleaner, comes with no reoccurring costs, and can work without electricity. The solution the start-up arrived at is a simple device using only the weight of a bag of rocks and the power of gravity to power its LED bulbs.
In October 2016, Shell and GravityLight set off on a 50 Night Tour through Kenya to bring the light to off-grid communities around the country. The tour aimed to educate locals about the device, as well as allow Shell and GravityLight the opportunity to learn how people are using the light to help make a difference in their lives.
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