Shell worked with Deciwatt, a company that used gravity to produce a safe, limitless source of light for people living off the energy grid. Having initially helped expand GravityLight’s reach with a Shell Springboard grant, our two companies continued to work together together to launch and sell the product to people across Kenya. Starting in Nairobi we travelled from village-to-village on a 50-night tour demonstrating the health benefits and cost savings of GravityLight versus traditional kerosene lamps.

Smarter Every Day

Destin Sandlin is an aerospace and mechanical engineer from Alabama. He’s also the brains behind Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers. As anyone who watch's Destin’s videos will testify, he likes to explore and explain the world through science – helping his viewers become, well, smarter every day.

So naturally we thought he’d be the perfect person to pull apart a GravityLight and share his opinions on the impact this bright energy idea will have on developing nations. Watch the video below to grow a little smarter.


Light without kerosene

Kerosene is a widely-available fuel used throughout the world. It can however 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. Worst yet, open kerosene flames are common causes for burn trauma and the destruction of homes. Much like cigarette smoke, the fumes from gas lamps may also contribute to cancer.

GravityLight helped break the poverty cycle as it paid for itself off 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.

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