Our latest publication “Solar Lanterns Test: Shades of Light” has finally been released. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute a testing procedure was developed and 12 Solar Lanterns were tested based on (1) quality and (2) price-to-performance. Amongst others, the test wanted to assess the suitability of products available on the market for basis electrification in remote areas. The main test results are that few solar lanterns achieve an acceptable quality level, and most of the better ones are still too expensive for the intended customers. This is a main reason why a mass dissemination of solar lanterns has not yet taken place, but we expect prices to drop below 50% of 2008 values over the next years which will make solar lanterns clearly more economic than kerosene lamps. As a next step, preparation for a field test has started in order to assess how the systems perform under real-life-conditions.
For any questions please contact Roman.Gruener@gtz.de
The publication is available in English and German.
gtz_solar_lanterns_test (English version)
gtz_solarleuchtentest (German version)
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