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    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    MANILA, Philippines – During calamities, a lot of places are often left without electricity – some for hours, but others for days or even weeks and months! In a bid to help the evacuees affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, an engineer offered a workshop to help interested people learning how to make solar bottle lamps.
    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    Engr. Edmund “Ed” Brisenio, a former systems engineer in a US-based technology company, is an advocate of renewable energy.

    Now that he is in the Philippines, he took the opportunity to share his knowledge in making a sustainable, renewable, and cheap solar bottle lamp for the benefit of Taal evacuees and to also help provide livelihood to those who are interested to learn his method.

    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    Brisenio revealed that there were a number of groups and individuals who also donated to the cause, allowing them to buy enough materials to make some solar bottle lamps for the evacuees.

    The workshop was held on Saturday, January 25, at Holy Child Angels Learning School in Sampaguita Street, Moonwalk, Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City. Since this is partly for a charitable cause and to also help the participants, registration to the workshop only costed them Php150.

    The registration fee mostly covers the materials needed for the project. But those who didn’t have money were also welcome to participate. Brisenio taught them how to make the solar bottle lamps using materials like a 1W LED, 1W Solar Panel, 18650 Lithium Ion battery, 9013 Transistor, 20k Ohms Resistor, and 1N4001 Diode.

    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    Participants of the workshop also brought their own tools and materials, such as long nose pliers, soldering iron, soldering lead, soldering stand, extension cord, and clean PET bottles. The lamps made at the workshop were collected as these will be donated for the Taal evacuees.

    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    According to Brisenio, each lamp has illumination equivalent to one candle and can last the whole night if fully charged. What’s great about this lamp is that you don’t need electricity to get it going as the solar panel ensures that you will only need sunlight to recharge the battery.

    Engineer launches workshop for Taal evacuees to have solar bottle lamps

    Interested to learn about this solar bottle lamp but missed the workshop? Don’t worry because the kind engineer also offers tutorials on his YouTube channel. Check out the detailed guide in this video:


    Image and video credits: Engr. Edmund “Ed” Brisenio

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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