Editor’s Note: Story alert via Bambo Sosina
Four Harvard University students have invented the S0ccket 2.0, a technology intended to give communities in Nigeria, Liberia & South Africa the ability to generate electricity by kicking around a soccer ball.
How it works:
According to the Boston Herald:
The sOccket 2.0 is a soccer ball fitted with a simple mechanism that harnesses kinetic energy and transforms it into electricity that can be used to charge LED lights and batteries. The ball weighs 5 ounces more than a regular soccer ball
Business Week reports:
Fifteen minutes on the field captures enough energy to power a small light for three hours and may help people in developing nations replace kerosene, a leading cause of respiratory illness and fires.
One of the Founders in a conversation with Green Inc, recently:
“Soccer is something you will find in every African country,” one founder, Jessica Lin, told Green Inc. “People play for hours a day, so we thought, ‘Why not try to get a little more out of that energy?’ and that’s where the idea ultimately came from.”
The Founders were featured on CNN in mid June:
Recognizing the limitations of the technology, one of the Founders asserts…
We’ve received some comments about how this ball isn’t going to solve the energy problems of the developing world. And, of course, we realize that, Ms. Lin said. We are trying to make a bigger statement about energy needs. Even if our project just starts people thinking about different ways to bring energy access to places like [the] Africa [continent], that’s really important.
In addition, Fast Company cautions:
Don’t expect to see the sOccket taking developing countries by storm anytime soon. It will originally be marketed in Western countries as a tech gadget, and money from the sales will then go to distributing the sOccket in poor nations. A commercial version should be ready by 2010, so get ready to start scouring store shelves.
To the African Engineers in our midst, perhaps there is room for collaboration to market this in the immediate term on the continent? Please share your thoughts on viability/marketability.