Powering the Future with SuryaHurricanes
Converting kerosene lanterns into solar powered hurricanes
Since 2008, the partnership provides women with SuryaHurricanes to replace the currently widely used kerosene hurricane lanterns. The SuryaHurricane is a low-cost solar-powered lantern made from recycled traditional kerosene lanterns, where the wick and burner are replaced with a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL). The initiative is not only innovative because it is the first in Bangladesh to convert kerosene hurricane into solar lanterns, but it is also unique because it gives access to solar power to people earning less than one dollar a day, who do not have access to existing solar programs. For example, a 20 Wp solar home system costs USD198.53 per year or USD29.78 deposit, plus USD4.97 a month for 36 monthly installments through micro-credits. Yet SuryaHurricane is a unique solar solution because it costs only US $12.23 a year. Families will pay USD 4.35 for converting their kerosene lamps into solar ones and USD 0.073 for every re-charge, thereby increasing their incomes compared to using kerosene. The solar lanterns can be re-charged twice a week at a SuryaShroy (solar energy shelter), which can be located within a school, organization and/or individual’s house. People can use SuryaHurricanes at home, for fishing, and work at night.
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha generated the concept, helped to develop and is now implementing the technology.
Daridra Bimochon Sanstha (DBS) conducts surveys on the acceptability level of the SuryaHurricane.
Panchshisha Bahumukhi Somobay Somity (PBSS) informs people about the hurricane lamp conversion and its benefits.
Social Development Research Programme (SDRP) monitors and evaluates the growth of SuryaShroy.
Rupkatha promotes SuryaHurricanes.