Entry Title: " Infinite Light"
Company:
DESIGNNOBIS
, Turkey
Category: Professional, Concept|Other
Designer(s): Dr. Hakan G├╝rsu


Entry Description:

Around the world, there are lots of rural households which do not have access to electricity and its implications are worrying. Upon nightfall, many families are forced to use kerosene lamps, spending approximately 25% of their weekly budgets to light them. Along with its cost, it also increases the risk of fire and causes harmful smoke.
In this sense, infinite light is a simple solution providing high quality and cost effective solar lamp, to be used in rural populace. It strives to answer the needs of lighting of poverty stricken people.
This simple solution provides light basically with flexible solar panel and the batteries which are placed in PET bottles. Flexible solar panel which is rolled in the bottle collects sunlight and with the batteries it is stored and converted into energy. The part which gives the light out is attached at the bottom to the metal parts that also functions as the cover and supporter of the bottle. The metal wire at the top acts as handle, so the light can be moved around and hanged from the roof as well. Lighting unit does not require any infrastructure and it is a ready-to-use package that can be placed in a discarded plastic bottle. Durable and long-lasting, product aims to enlighten homes through a sustainable, inexpensive design.
Project is developed to create social innovation and impact through use of renewable energy and reuse of waste plastic material. Infinite light is actively making a difference in the lives of people living in developing countries who are in great need of light for their daily lives, education of children, health and development.

About the Company:

HAKAN GURSU was born on 1959 in Istanbul. He graduated from Middle East Technical University as first rank student in 1987. He took his masters degree from Department of Architecture in 1988. Gursu, continued his project studies at Japan in 1991 and completed his Ph.D studies in 1996. He worked as consultant on interior architecture and city planning in Moscow and Tokyo.
He contributed in the design of registered product design in the context of university and industry collaboration. Still he is going on his duites as an instructor in the Department of Industrial Design in METU and Designnobis.

Awards:

* GreenDot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Transportation Category
* GreenDot Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Other Category
* 2009 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Build Category
* 2010 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Other Category
* 2011 Green Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Transportation Category
* 2012 Green Dot Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Industrial Products Category
* 2012 Green Dot Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Residential Products Category
* 2012 Green Dot Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Simple transportation Category
* 2013 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Other Category
* 2013 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - - Category