600M people don't have electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa
Over 900 million people in the world live without electricity. Out of them, over 600 million are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of them use kerosene lamps for lighting, and very few have access to solar powered light.
KEROSENE LAMPS ARE DANGEROUS
Kerosene causes social problems for local population
Increased mortality risk from indoor air pollution from kerosene burning
Poor lighting and fire hazard hampering learning for up to 80% of school-aged children
10-15% of yearly household income being spent on kerosene
ADOPTION OF SOLAR LIGHTING
IS TOO SLOW
Despite ~$1B invested into solar, adoption is still only ~6%
Average price of $33 paid for a solar lamp
Unreliable due to rainfall, cloudy conditions, and dirt
Metal light is an innovative metal-harvesting lighting device. It is affordable, reliable, and sustainable, unlike kerosene and solar solutions.
Metal Light device is powered using patented metal energy harvesting technology developed at the University of Pennsylvania.
3.7M KEROSENE LAMPS
Replaced by 2026