Shell is working with GravityLight, a company that uses gravity to produce a safe, limitless source of light for people living off the grid. Having initially helped expand their reach with a Shell Springboard grant, we’re now working together with GravityLight to launch and sell the product to people across Kenya.

Starting in Nairobi we’re going to travel from village to village across the country on a 50 Night Tour (the time it takes to pay for itself). On each stop we will demonstrate the health and cost saving benefits of GravityLight versus kerosene lamps.

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Smarter Every Day thinks it’s genius

Destin Sandlin is an aerospace and mechanical engineer from Alabama, he’s also the brains behind Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel with over four million subscribers. As anyone who watches Sandlin’s videos will attest to, he likes to explore and explain the world using science – helping his viewers become, well, smarter every day.

So naturally we thought he would be the perfect guy to pull apart a GravityLight and give us his opinion on the impact this bright energy idea can have. Watch the video below to grow a little smarter.

Light without kerosene

Kerosene is a widely available fuel used throughout the world, but it can be a costly and dangerous source of energy. Studies show that kerosene expenses can consume up to 30% of the monthly income for some of the world's poorest families. Worse yet, open kerosene flames are common causes for burn trauma and home destruction. Plus much like cigarette smoke, the fumes from gas lamps may also contribute to cancer.

GravityLight helps break the poverty cycle as it potentially pays for itself within 50 nights thereby replacing a dependence on kerosene. The light empowers children and adults as it gives them a safer and healthier way to study at night. And because GravityLight uses local distribution partners and sales agents Kenyans can even earn a living selling the products. Talk about a bright energy idea that just keeps on giving.

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