7 smart innovations from Southeast Asia to speed up the energy transition

(Eco Business, 21 Oct 2019) From solar bottle lights to hybrid solar microgrids, Eco-Business explores the tech innovations from Southeast Asia that could bring about a clean energy future for the climate-vulnerable region.

Southeast Asia is a region that is developing rapidly at an unfortunate period in human history.

As the climate change clock ticks, the region of 641 million people must chart a developmental path that decouples the fossil fuel-dependent economic model of the past with a future that is expected to see global temperatures rise by, at the current rate of emissions, about 3 degrees Celsius.

The archipelagic bloc could be affected more than any other region on the planet from rising sea levels and extreme weather. But the clean energy transition is an opportunity for Southeast Asia to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change.

Eco-Business has identified seven green innovations in Southeast Asia that could help the region transition to a brighter, safer future.

In the market for inexpensive, readily available and easily replicable lighting systems, there are few technologies more illuminating than Liter of Light’s solar bottles. Liter of Light (Tagalog: IIsang Litrong Liwanag) is a solar lighting project that was developed by Filipino non-profit MyShelter Foundation.

In the daytime, water-filled bottles illuminate indoor living spaces by refracting light. At night, the bottle runs on its solar battery. Easily mounted on roofs, solar bottles can light up a room much like a typical 40W light bulb—but without any electricity. They are also much safer than traditional light sources like kerosene lamps, which can cause fires and respiratory problems.

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