Let’s talk about a great man Mark Bent and his efforts to help those in need.
The New York Times has published an article about Mark Bent’s BoGo program. It covered his efforts and then his work and approach that was subsequently singled out on the NY Times editorial pages in an article entitled “Lighting the Way”. There have also been articles in Readers Digest, Newsweek, Metropolitan Home, the Dallas Morning News, the Times of India and a number of other internationally distributed media outlets and non-US countries. Fox News ran a segment about the BoGo program, Living on Earth, heard on National Public Radio has done a story, the Voice of America has published an article and distributed a video, Mark has been interviewed by BBC radio, the Pacifica Radio Network and has been heard on a number of other radio stations around the US.
The company is headquartered in Houston and is registered as a limited liability corporation in the State of Texas. We have international distributors in a number of countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia at present and are set to expand our commercial network in the very near future. Our partners and customers include the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, (UNHCR), the United Nations, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank group, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, the US Agency for International Development, the ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron, Schlumberger, African Wildlife Foundation, Samaritanï¿½s Purse, Direct Relief International, Africa Inland Missions, Engineers Without Borders, World Vision, Global Giving and many other leading companies, Universities and non-profit corporations. Additionally, the Rockefeller Foundation has supplied grant funding, NASA, via the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program has provided no cost engineering support, Rensselear Polytechnic is the only university in the US to offer a Masters degree in Lighting provided additional technical support and detailed product review, Columbia University, via the work of Jeffery Sachs and the UN Millennium Project have conducted extensive field studies of our products, Department of Energy senior scientists and engineers from Lawrence Livermore Laboratories at the California at Berkeley, via the Lumina Project, a World Bank Lighting Africa financed effort, have also conducted extensive field tests of our products.
Forward plans include a total redesigned solar flashlight, with upgraded function and capability, due out in the first quarter of 2008. The new light has upgraded micro-electronic s and micro-processing power management systems, better integrating the flow of power between the solar photovoltaic panel, the long lasting rechargeable batteries and the light emitting diodes – LEDs, which provide illumination for up to 100,000 hours of use. The new electronics will also include a ‘power voltage booster module’ which will result in a decrease in battery charging time requirements on cloudy days to achieve a full charge and greatly extend the working life of the LEDs and batteries. The level of illumination provided by the LEDs has been enhanced and the average use time prior to requiring recharging has been greatly extended by the combination of all of these upgrades. The new model will also have redesigned optics and a new LED selection option, for the first time in any solar flashlight anywhere providing the user the ability to switch from directed task lighting for reading and other high light focused work, to a room illumination light – with only the press of a button. We have also redesigned the primary casing of the flashlight, to allow for much stronger resistance to the entry of water, dust and other containments – we will now have one piece of molded casing where before we had two; allowing us to now avoid the use of gaskets and screws for this aspect of assembly. In another unique development, the batteries on the new light will be inserted individually into their own single-battery water-tight compartments, with each of these compartments then being further isolated and suspended via honeycombed links. This SunNight Solar innovation will allow for air-cooled batteries, which will add to their efficiency and extend their operational life span, especially in hot climates.
We also have a number of other new products under development – a fixed place solar powered room illumination system consisting of a two watt solar panel, a rechargeable battery pack and four LED light bulbs, two versions of solar powered LED lanterns, a solar powered mobile phone charger, solar powered UV water treatment units and with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, we are exploring the design and engineering of a device which negatively impacts the mosquitoes which carry malaria – either we kill them, repel them or make them sterile.
Our firm’s mission statement is “We design and manufacture solar powered products which have a positive impact on people and the planet”. We thank you very much for your patronage and support.