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Solar Powered Water Bottles: The Future of Renewable Energy?Find Out!

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Plastic bottles, while a very useful creation that all of us use on a general basis, are incredibly harmful to the environment. Plastic, as is generally known is not biodegradable. That is, it cannot be degraded by natural process that take place in the atmosphere, leading them to float around in the ocean and get lodged among other aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This can lead to harm caused to the wildlife in these habitats and eventually leading to these species? extinction. Plastic bottles take up to 450 years to disintegrate and hence it is important for people to find new and innovative ways to reuse them in the best way possible.

Plastic bottle is renewable energy source, one such scheme is the use of plastic bottles in order to create solar-powered light bulbs. This invention has been used in the Philippines to light up homes in the slums of Manila and it has shown great results there. This bulb creates 55 to 60 watts of clear light and has a lifespan of 10 months. It uses plastic soda bottle or water bottle, which is filled with water and liquid bleach. The bottle is then fixed into a hole in the roof. While light streaming through, just the hole would come in through a single, straight, narrow light beam, the water in the Solar Bottle Bulb refracts the light so that it can illuminate a larger space, 360 degrees around. The bleach keeps the water clean by preventing algae from forming. These light bulbs are particularly beneficial in low income households and slums as since these light bulbs are solar powered, they do not require a working electricity to light up the rooms. Additionally, they are also incredibly cheap and easy to install. It also does not require a large hole like a window in order to let in natural light and hence makes it a perfect solution for areas that are ravaged by rains, floods and typhoons. It also allows us to keep less plastic going to the sea and from getting lodged in drains, and other terrestrial habitats. This not only protects the rich wildlife that we preserve, but also the habitats that they live in. It additionally avoids these plastic bottles finding their way into landfills or other pits where garbage is usually burned in piles, leading to the releases Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrates and Sulphates into the atmosphere, thus being an overall more lucrative choice.

Sources:

https://www.heritagepaper.net/the-solar-bottle-bulb-lights-up-homes-with-recycled-plastic-bottles/



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