Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Philips Makes Noble Gesture Despite Impracticality

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Solar PanelsThe pairing of two green technologies, solar power and LED lighting, has the potential to pay off in hugely practical ways. Yet, for one reason or another, the two have never been efficiently brought together, until now that is.

According to Philips Lumileds, a new solar-powered LED floodlight system has been made available for residents and communities who find themselves without electricity, particularly those on the African continent. At least, that’s how they’re billing the product.


Africa: Philips Pledges LED-based Lights

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Today, an estimated 500 million Africans live without electricity. For these people nightfall means either darkness or the flickering light of a candle or kerosene lamp. There are, however, many disadvantages of kerosene lanterns including health and safety risks, expensive oil-driven fuel prices, and the low light output which makes reading nearly impossible.

Royal Philips Electronics announced it will launch a new solar powered reading light, enabling people to both read and write after dark. The light, dubbed “My Reading Light,” was developed specifically for the education sector in Africa and will allow a new generation of school children to continue with their homework after sunset.


South Africa: Garden Route National Park

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is now only months away, says South African National Parks (SANParks).

According to, there are only three other places in the world where residents live inside the borders of a nationally-recognized park: Italy, Canada, and the USA. This makes the new Garden Route National Park the first of its kind on the African continent.