Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 Environment
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Latest Invention: Little Sun - Solar-Powered Lamp for People in Developing Countries

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Olafur Eliasson is a talented artist from Iceland who mainly focuses of light installations. One of his latest works is a small gadget that delivers solar-powered light. He unveiled it at the World Economic Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He developed the device together with engineer Frederik Ottesen and called it Little Sun. With its help Eliasson hopes to bring indoor lighting to people in developing nations.

It would be interesting to note that the Little Sun has a nice flower-shape and makes use of LED technology. The device captures sunlight with the help of a 6 x 6 cm (2.4 x 2.4 inch) mono-crystalline solar module. It needs about 4 hours to recharge and then it will offer about 5 hours of illumination.

Its design allows the user to place it virtually anywhere and use it as they like. For example the device can be used as a table lamp, or you can take it out and use it as a lantern and even as a bicycle accessory.

Its design also allows the Little Sun to function properly for at least 3 years. Eliasson hopes his invention could some day become available to a higher number of people in need.

The Little Sun will be presented at the Tate Modern museum in London. Check out the video below to see the inventor describe the Little Sun.

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