Olafur Eliasson proves that design can change the world. During his talk on the first day at the Design Indaba Conference, the Little Sun co-founder previewed the latest addition to the Little Sun family – Little Sun Diamond. The sparkling new member will officially be launched to the world later this year in September.
Little Sun is a social business and global project founded by Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen with an aim to bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to 1.1 billion people around the world living without electricity in off-grid areas. Launched in 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, the enterprise produces solar powered LED lamps that are sold all over the world.
The idea is to sell the Little Sun at the regular price in areas with electricity so it can be made available for less in off-grid areas. This provides a clean alternative to toxic and expensive fuel-based lighting in off-grid areas.
Little Sun Diamond is the third product in the range, following Little Sun Original and Little Sun Charge. It works the same as the original, able to provide four hours of bright light from five hours of sunlight. Best suited for urban explorers, it is pocket-sized, featherweight and robust.
Not only does Little Sun provide energy, it also provides economic benefits to off-grid communities by working with local entrepreneurs, creating local jobs and generating local profits. Since its inception in 2012, more than 500 000 Little Suns have been distributed worldwide, with almost half going to off-grid communities.