A recently launched Kickstarter campaign has illuminated the day-to-day capabilities of solar technology. Sunne is a smart light that combines the sustainable aspects of solar energy with a sleek design interior design and optimal functionality.
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Based in Amsterdam, solar enthusiast Marjan van Aubel is working hard to find ways to rely on solar energy to improve everyday products. Her most recent example, Sunne, harvests sunlight during the day while hanging it discreetly on a window. It then stores the collected energy in an internal battery, which powers its surroundings after dark. Sunne is designed to turn on automatically at sunset, though it can be turned off with a light touch or through the use of an app that’s still in development.
The lamp has three settings. ‘Sunne rose’ simulates the purple and yellow hues of the early morning. ‘Sunlight’ provides a warm light suitable for reading. ‘Sunne set’ brings bright light to the surrounding space. On cloudy, cloudy days, Sunne will not be able to harvest fresh energy; However, there is a power bank option to maintain the glow.
Sustainability is at the heart of Sunne. To that end, the component focused on a lasting design. It is made of high quality Led light to increase efficiency. The case is made of super durable aluminum. The group works in partnership with the famous ECN.TNO solar research center in the Netherlands to identify the best types of solar cells available on the market. They also planned a final disposal as Sunne reached the end of its usable life.
Each part of the lamp can be easily removed, as these parts are not glued or permanently connected. This allows aluminum is highly recyclable to live a different life while leaving behind very little waste after consumption. Packaging for Sunne is based on cardboard boxes and other eco-friendly materials.
Marjan believes that Sunne should be as much about style as in technology or functionality. With this in mind, the device can be hung in windows, supported only by two steel wires. There are no unsightly cords or cables hanging on the unit. While the curved design is sleek, shaped like a horizon from a single aluminum strip, the contour provides greater surface area for maximum solar battery.
The team is continuing to develop the app, allowing users to view the amount of energy stored in Sunne and monitor the battery level. It will also allow you to control the on / off and lighting settings. The Sunne Kickstarter campaign quickly surpassed its original commitment goal. It closed on April 2, 2021. Expect more coming from van Aubel, with a new solar roof on display as part of the Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai in October 2021. .
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