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Solar lantern design and production

The design story

When the designers began the project, solar home systems that powered several lights and an electric appliance already existed. However, at 160 they were much too expensive for most families.

The team began by carrying out market research among the rural families in Kenya. Possible customers - like Margaret Warrumu - were asked what they would like to see in an ideal solar lantern.

The results suggested that people wanted something that: With this as their specification, the designers used computer-aided design to help produce a prototype of their new product - Glowstar.

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