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