Solar Power for Night Fishing in Sri Lanka

Finalist among more than 170 projects competing for the Award in 2016, the project developed by the Nagenahiru Foundation aims at replacing the use of harmful kerosene lamps with LED lanterns for night fishing in Sri Lanka. The project is still running and has improved the technology and increased its visibility through media.

“Following the recognition of our project by the WAFA Award Committee we increased visibility through media. The Nagenahiru Team and our beneficiaries were motivated to step forward our innovation. Furthermore, with the motivation we achieved, we were able to improve our technology using this Solar LED lamping system for night fishing”

The problem

Due to growing demand for their product, traditional fishing communities were fishing at night with kerosene lamps and other fossil-fuel lighting. These tools polluted the air and aquatic ecosystem. They also impacted community health and cost families up to a third of their income.

The Solution

The Sri Lankan Nagenahira Foundation focuses on  environmental conservation, climate change and capacity building among communities in sensitive environmental locations. Identifying kerosene lighting as an urgent environmental and community issue. the Foundation introduced an effective, reliable, and affordable replacement: solar­-based lighting.

The technology consists of an affordable LED lanterns powered by a rechargeable 12 volt 4­6 ampere lithium ­iron ­phosphate battery with a three-year lifespan. The low-energy system provides improved lighting for up to 16 hours. The lanterns are recharged cheaply with 30 watt photo-voltaic (PV) panels, minimising the environmental footprint. The lightweight lanterns are also easy to maintain.

Worldwide Benefits

This low-maintenance LED technology is affordable, effective, and environmentally friendly. It is immediately applicable to artisanal fishing communities worldwide.

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