Colombian designer Miguel Mojica, based in Valencia (Eastern Spain), has created a lamp that produces light for 45 days using only half a liter of salt water.
This sustainable design, called Waterlight, has been awarded the Silver Cannes Prize in the Design category and two bronze in Innovation and Social Responsibility at the Cannes Lions 2021 creativity festival in France.
As stated in a press release by Miguel Mojica, it is estimated that around 840 million people in the world do not have access to electricity, and the Waterlight project originated “to light up the lives” of the Veuu community in Colombia, “To bring light” to La Guajira, but to extend to any place where it is necessary”.
Thus, he speaks of the possibility of waterlights to produce light where electricity does not reach, so that “during the night you may continue with artisanal production, fishing or the study of the youngest”.
“With my country so far from Colombia, I felt this was an opportunity to join this new revolution for clean energy,” said the designer, who collaborated with renewable energy company e-Dina and Wonderman Thompson Colombia.
He explained that Waterlight “has become a design with a social and sustainable approach, bringing innovation through a product that is adapted to its real environment”, for which it has been recognized in the Cannes Creativity Forum. .
The Waterlight lamp, which Miguel Mojica has participated in as an industrial designer and is responsible for the creative 3D design from Valencia, is a device that delivers electrical energy from the ionization of salt water.
In this process, an electrolyte formed from salt water causes a reaction, turning the magnesium inside it into electrical energy.
Through this process, it is possible to produce light for 45 days with only half a liter of water, and recharge mobile phones and batteries with clean and renewable energy.
Made entirely from recyclable and resistant materials, the design of the waterlight lamp is inspired by the Weiu community and its traditional art, which represents the fauna, flora and their relationship with the sea.
In Mojica’s view, the role of design is “key” to the future sustainability of the planet.
“Throughout history, design has transformed the world and revolutionized environments in disruptive ways. With Waterlight we are taking a step towards responsible and sustainable design, a duty that is our profession. We can radically change overnight Therefore, it is only the small revolutions that products like Waterlight represent that will lead us to real change”, admits Mojica.
“I believe that every day we become more aware of our impact on the planet and I am confident of the change that new generations of designers are creating by betting on sustainable and responsible design,” he said.
In his opinion, “Sustainability has become a fundamental requirement while designing and it will certainly help to solve the new challenges that will come in the future. In addition, interdisciplinary collaboration with professionals from biological, medical and technological fields for innovative products. The key to bringing sustainability to everyday life through design will be.