Presentation on theme: "The Benefits and Value of the Provision of Individual Solar Lighting via Corporate Social Responsibility Programs 9 September 2014."— Presentation transcript:
The Benefits and Value of the Provision of Individual Solar Lighting via Corporate Social Responsibility Programs 9 September 2014
Lighting the Way Artificial light is among the easiest things for people in the developed world to take for granted. But to those living off the grid — a number approaching 2 billion people worldwide — access to a safe, affordable source of light can be life-changing. The productive day stretches past sunset to allow students to do schoolwork or small vendors to extend their selling hours. Light means added safety, whether at home or traveling alone, particularly for women. As a replacement for kerosene and wood fires, the flashlights are a boon for the environment. Editorial – New York Times, on our efforts
Overall Benefits of Lighting Health #1 use of our lights – delivering babies. Kerosene fumes cause cancer and flames start fires Economic Development Longer productive work hours and ability to engage in commercial activity after sun sets Agricultural Productivity Assist in birthing of livestock. Repair tools & prepare seedlings. Move to/from fields in darkness Environment One kerosene lantern emits 100 kilos of carbon annually. Batteries are thrown in landfills, fouling ground water. Trees & shrubs cut for light Overall Quality of Life Increased family time. Community social engagement Safety and Security Especially for girls and women in refugee camps, war zones and elsewhere Education “Free” light to read and study at night. Walk to school before sunrise and home after sunset
Community Social Responsibility Benefits Nightly reminder of Total’s care and concern Low risk of diversion or corruption. No risk of ‘mission creep’ common with some other forms of assistance Low overhead costs for local operations and limited requirement for country or senior manager oversight Ease of distribution and can be easily adjusted to local conditions. Can also be used in local safety programs Long term impact; with LiFePO4 batteries over 2,000 cycles of charge & discharge. More than 5 years of every night use Huge impact on lives for very low investment Provides direct and immediate assistance to local community most impacted by operations
Ten (physics & science) Reasons Why Our Lights are the Best Reed Switch – Activated by a magnet. No bushings, never wears out, intrinsically safe We use a UV inhibitor in our ABS plastic Lights exceed US military specification requirements We use Dow Corning (US) sealants and adhesives Lights are waterproof and inner compartment is air- tight; prevents thermal pumping We offer LiFePO4 batteries – over FIVE years of every night use We use more powerful mono-crystalline solar cells over poly crystalline We use a US made PET- EVA encapsulation of our solar cells Solar lanterns do not efficiently use LEDs. Down thru clear Lexan provides a ‘light-bulb’ experience We only use Cree (US) light emitting diodes
Why American Light Works? 1.Best products possible, due to design and component selection; 2.Founder was Country Manager for CMS Oil and Gas and Perenco; 3.Strong record of past and on-going support to oil firms – Chevron, ExxonMobil, etc; 4.Experience in manufacturing and deliveries into Africa and the developing world; 5.Ability to provide branded products; 6.Experience in innovative social focused programs.