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Development and commercialisation of rechargeable wooden LED lamps Author: Bradley Schultz Abstract: The focus of this project was to work with local staff at Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (KAPEG) to sell a product which would create an on-going financial option for the organisation. This will allow staff to learn the process of changing practices and to provide jobs and skills in the local community. Rechargeable light emitting diodes (LED) were considered a good option due to many electrical blackouts in the local area however an alternative approach was taken due to international competition. Due to various issues, it is remained to be seen if the lamps will provide an on-going financial option. Introduction: Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (KAPEG) is a small company found in a village near Dhulikhel, Nepal, which tries to help people in Nepal improve their access to electricity. KAPEG is a staff owned organisation that states that all profits will be invested back into the community. To sell complex engineering products, it requires the staff from KAPEG to market their products to the local community. Long term success of the company relies on a different form of income instead of the one-off sums of money that they receive for research grants. A volunteer from Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) worked with a team at KAPEG for 5 months to begin the process of making a form of recurring income by selling products to the local community. It was found that a rechargeable LED would be a good product to sell in this community. Methodology: Research into Nepal found that lack of safe drinking water options, sanitation and access to lighting are major challenges faced in the community. Villages use kerosene lamps for lighting that cause health problems. Load-shedding means that electricity is shared amongst different

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