When he was a child, Hernan Asto Cabezas lived in the countryside of the Peruvian Ayacucho region. Due to the lack of electricity, Cabezas had to do his school homework using a candle or a kerosene lamp.
As Cabezas grew up, he set a goal to find a solution to the lack of energy and this is how Alinti was born, as footage filmed in Lima on Thursday shows.
Alinti is a clay pot that combines solar panels, the photosynthesis process of the plant it contains and the action of five “electrogenic” microorganisms to produce energy.
Cabezas decided to come to a poor and isolated neighbourhood of Lima, to show the locals all the benefits of Alinti. The people quickly made a use of the energy pot and could be seen charging their phones with the help of it.
“Alinti is capable of storing energy of 10 mAh, which is enough to give light and charge two cell phones,” said Hernan.
Marialina Paucar, an Alinti user shared her excitement: “I love it because, when I didn’t have energy, I used candles and that affected my lungs more than anything else.”
Cabezas doesn’t go too much into the details about his invention, but his goals are clear: “I know from my own experience that a light bulb can change a child’s story. That is what we want to reproduce, we want to reproduce this technology and that all Latin America can have this technology within their reach.”