It is a known fact that oil reserves and coal deposits are depleting very fast. It is important to start thinking on a simple conservative and efficient means for generating electrical from abundant, renewable natural energies such as solar and wind energy sources. Not only are these energies cheap, they are also clean and abundant on this planet-especially in the developing countries where electricity supply is either unavailable or epileptic in supply.
Unavailability of electricity has been traced to be a major cause underdevelopment in the developing countries- paralyzing businesses and handworks. This problem also leads to increasing the level of stress in people’s life since they cannot hear news on radio and T.V, no fan in the hot tropical evenings after a hard day’s work. Through EASY-EL we are suggesting that it is better to help developing nations get infrastructures which will enhance productivity than to give “Food Aid”. EASY-EL will favor learning about solar and wind energy.
Every feature on EASY-EL is informed by the desired functionality of the product, the reality of its purpose and concern for the ultimate end user- frustrated housewife, the barbing salon owner, the ice-water producer, business man who wants to power his laptop, charge his mobile phone and hear the news on radio or T.V. the spent energy will be replenished noiselessly and without pollution via solar and wind energy strategically combined in such a synergistic manner that they augment each other. Sunshine is available in Africa all year round, especially West Africa where the product is targeted. The device also can charge AA batteries for cameras and transistor radios; otherwise they can be used for portable LED flashlights.
The research method was mostly based on ethnographic field study, interviews, workshops and brainstorming with the real owners of the problem in Lagos Nigeria and also in China with electronics engineers, factory managers, 3D designers, dynamo producers, solar batteries and inverters producers on the appropriate materials to use and also to have a rough idea of production cost for EASY-EL.
Idea testing was initiated first in Denmark which revealed what ingredients will be needed to build the artifact followed by online collaboration with companies in China and thereafter a visit to China enhanced further collaboration and shopping for ingredients. These ingredients namely, Solar batteries, custom-made dynamos, etc. were taken to Nigeria and used with other locally sourced ingredients to make the first working prototype; housed in plastic container sold as lunch box for kindergarten children. The story then became lunch box for a child transforms into meal ticket for the daddy.