Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

Alinti, the pot that gives light and energy based on plants and microorganisms



A clay pot, a small plant, dozens of microorganisms and nanotechnology are today the hope that three million Peruvians who do not have electricity, abandon kerosene candles and lamps to give way to light bulbs.

Baptized as Alinti, this hybrid device works as an energy source that takes advantage of "the photosynthesis of the plant, microorganisms that are inside, small plates and the cooling that gives the clay container" to accumulate enough energy that allows to light LED bulbs up to 12 hours and also charge the batteries of up to two cell phones.

A technology that has been improving in great strides, to the point that its latest version won two weeks ago the "Technology with Impact" award of the Green Latin America Awards 2019, considered as the Oscars of the Environment of the region.

Also an important second place in the contest "An idea to change history" of 2018, promoted by History Channel.

And, as a culmination of good news, the interest of the largest social network in the world, which has requested its inventor, the Peruvian Hernán Asto, to collaborate with its development, for which it must travel in December to the technology mecca: Silicon Valley

However, for the young inventor, Alinti's "greatest recognition" is received every fifteen days at Cerrito La Libertad, a small town east of Lima where his more than 500 families do not yet have electric lighting in their homes, neither water nor sewage.

So there comes Asto, civil engineer by profession, and his team to talk and tell about the progress of the technological plant that follows its development by biologists, chemists, mechatronic experts and economists at the FabLab of the ESAN University, in Lima, but also at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, in Spain, which is currently collaborating with the development of the invention.

"We have given the mothers instructions on how to take care of Alinti and they follow them to the letter, but they also tell us that their children are more motivated to do their homework, that they want to do them next to Alinti," Asto told Efe, surrounded by the mothers of Cerrito La Libertad.

This was confirmed by Eliana Barja, 38, surrounded by her neighbors who, like her, are also mothers.

"We want more Alinti. To be able to turn on a television, a refrigerator," Barja added before stressing that, after Alinti's entry three months ago to their homes, today they can have Internet, social networks and stay connected.

Therefore, today everyone in Cerrito La Libertad supports Alinti. "We are all supporting this project," Barja said, adding that it is the mothers who are responsible for "maintaining the plant, pouring it every five days, turning on and off the (nanotechnology) plates."

A work that, as explained to Efe Asto, contributes to its scientific validation because the Alinti of each household send, through sensors, data on how much energy the asparagus densiflorus species plant produces, how much microorganisms, how much small plates, how is its temperature and its pH.

Valuable information that in the future will allow the dream of Asto, who studied his basic education in his native Andean region of Ayacucho lit by a candle, that no more children have to expose themselves to the toxic smoke they emanate, is a reality.

"We are thinking that each family has about five Alintis at home and with that illuminate their entire home, turn on the radio, turn on a television, a refrigerator. That is our goal."

But, in addition, as indicated, that is a technological companion of children. "May the next Alinti be intelligent, that he be able to answer the children's questions such as How is the temperature? Alinti, do you need more light? And may Alinti answer them."

Innovation for what today, thanks to the prizes obtained, will not have the need to solve with masonry work, as it did in 2014, when it invested with much effort 5,000 soles (about $ 1,400) in tests and analyzes until its First Alinti beta is able to give light.

Mercedes Palomino

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