We began producing the Lighting Africa (now Lighting Global) Technical Notes and Eco Design Notes in 2010 as a resource for stakeholders in the off-grid lighting market. The topics range from measuring light in a laboratory to the toxicity of batteries, and have been driven by feedback from the market.
Today, you have an opportunity to help guide the next round of Eco Design Notes—a series of informative and targeted articles that focuses on improving product design from an ecological or health perspective—by completing a short online survey.
The current Eco Design Notes are available here for reference: http://www.lightingafrica.org/resources/briefing-notes.html.
If people have comments appropriate for further discussion here on Luminanet, have at it! This forum would be a great additional piece of information beyond the survey...
When the survey is over I'll come back here to give a sense of what we found...
Nice to see this focus for the next round of Notes.....
Here are a few quick things that come to mind (I'll add them to the survey as well):
Thank you, Peter. This is very useful.
It would be great to make available the following tools:
(I'm working on this, though, it will be faster with collaboration)
- low-cost devices and instructions that anyone who wants to test solar lanterns performance can use,
and then report back feedback (this will increase the sampling size)
- feedback from the villagers (http://www.bennuvalue.com/)
- interview low-end product makers and help them become better
Could the good work you've done on embodied energy be turned into a spreadsheet methodology offered to help manufacturers self-assess this issue? It could be accompanied by an Eco Design Note explaining how to use the tool, and providing some benchmarks (good, bad, ugly) that uses can compare to.
Good idea...we can look in to that (maybe making things simpler in some places too) as a tool. It is a simple enough model that we could do something in google docs maybe so it is a living spreadsheet.
Great that the report is out now!