THE Filipino-made lamp that runs on saltwater is currently in the process of inking a deal to raise funds for mass production to support off-grid communities.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Raphael Mijeno, the co-founder and CFO of Sustainable Alternative Lightning (SALt), said that the company is currently having a charity drive to help mass produce the saline solution-powered lamps.
“We’re fund raising for $500,000 that will help us with the transition from low volume production to mass production…We’re working on a deal with a packaging company. Hopefully, that works out and they’re very keen on supporting us,” he said on the sidelines of the “Forbes 30 under Summit” on Tuesday, July 25
In 2015, Filipina engineer and inventor of SALt, Aisa Mijeno, was lauded by former U.S. President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit for her innovative project.
‘’One of the most important things you said, in my mind at least, is that this starts from the bottom,’’ Obama told Mijeno.
‘’If we’re working at the grassroots level, seeing what folks need and figuring out efficient ways how to deliver an improved quality of life while being environmentally sustainable, that’s an enormous opportunity. But it starts at looking at the aspiration and hopes of ordinary people,” Obama added.
SALt lamp can last up to eight hours straight and has a lifespan of six months with just one glass of tap water and two tablespoons of salt or ocean water.
Aisa, who is also a member of Greenpeace Philippines, said it was during her immersion in Kalinga, which has no electricity, that she was inspired to make the SALt lamp.
“When I did a personal immersion out in the mountains of Kalinga, I heard their story. Because of scarcity of public transportation, people have to travel down the mountain and walk hours just to get kerosene for their lamps. They do that every day,” Mijeno said during the APEC forum.
“The danger in (kerosene) lamps is it could cause fire accidents. We want to provide a lighting option that is more cost-effective, safer, more sustainable, and environment-friendly like lanterns but using saline solution or ocean water, as a catalyst to generate electricity,” Mijeno added.
Mijeno shared that her greatest dream is to power up an entire island by using only ocean or saline water, in a hope to traverse the quickening effects of climate change.
“Climate change is like cancer. On stage one, you’re cells start mutating, on stage two, you start feeling the symptoms. If you take it for granted, in stage three you start feeling the symptoms. In stage four, your health starts declining… and everything is too late,” Mijeno explained.
Mijeno said that after her talk on APEC, they had earned quite a lot of partnerships with the product.
Currently, companies from the United States and Germany are keen on procuring units of the saltwater-powered lamp.