Electric Paint Empowering the Poor

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LONDON — A revolution in cost-efficient methods of electricity has the potential to affect millions across the world. Electric paint challenges the orthodox methods for obtaining electricity with new and creative designs. The designs focus on cost-efficiency and accessibility so that they can be used by everyone, especially those who rely on electricity for their most basic needs. For many of the world’s poorest, electricity is a luxury. They will spend most of their already low incomes on electricity for cooking and other tasks needed for basic survival.

Many of these revolutionary inventions are still in their early production and testing phases. However, one design, in particular, has shown success and promise for changing the lives of low-income communities. This design is electric paint. Electric paint is electrically conductive black paint that contains carbon. The carbon element is what allows the paint to conduct electricity.

Electric paint gets rid of any need for sockets, cables and wires that are not only expensive but potentially dangerous if not properly installed or cared for. Many people who live in poverty cannot afford to pay for proper wire installation or upkeep. Improper maintenance of these utilities can cause health risks and fire hazards. Electric paint is a liquid wiring that can easily be manipulated, combined with other materials and applied to almost any surface like paper, plastic, metals and fabrics.

Electric paint was designed by a group of college students in London to be both cost-efficient and easy for use by anyone. Electric paint is non-toxic and has no metals, irritants or solvents. As a result, it is being used in many schools to power light sources. It is very versatile and is also being used to repair circuits and membrane switches because of its adhesive properties. To make it more portable and easy to use, electric paint comes in the form of a paint pen.

This paint is emerging as a solution to the poor’s inability to easily access electricity. It solves the problem of high costs because its ingredients are cheap. Furthermore, electric paint solves the problem of safety hazards due to improper installation. This paint not only helps many of society’s poorest afford electricity, but also empowers them to be self-sufficient and creative. Some have used the paint on wallpaper to illuminate their walls, for example. Others have used it as a way of recharging batteries. The possibilities are endless and this electric paint has a promising future of aiding the poor.

Katelynn Kenworthy

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Katelynn Kenworthy

Katelynn lives in Valdosta, GA. Her academic interests include Politics, International Affairs, Sociology and Art. This summer Katelynn will be living in Hawaii to complete a (scuba) divemaster internship.

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