Team Celestial Glow of the Barbados Community College wins the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Lighting CompetitionSep 4, 2015
Having received a grant from the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Lighting Project (CEELP) to create their prototype, the three final teams – two from the Barbados Community College and one from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in Saint Kitts - packed their lamps and trekked to Saint Lucia to be assessed by a panel of judges.
Though some groups had long lay-overs, all teams were energetic, enthusiastic and confident when they arrived with chaperones from their institutions. The CEELP team, too, were keen on seeing what they had only been privy to on paper.
Hours before the official start, groups made their way to the conference room at the Bay Gardens Inn to arrange their display tables, assess the room set-up and for those with more intricate designs, complete assembly. Team displays were then covered until the time of presentation.
Acting as Chairperson, Mrs. Sherri Frederick, CEELP Project Associate, welcomed attendees who included officials from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology in Saint Lucia, representatives of the OECS Commission and private sector lighting corporations. Project Coordinator, Jason LaCorbinere, then gave an overview of the project, detailing how the competition fit into the overall goals and mandate.
Then, it was time for the unveiling. Team Celestial Glow was first up, displaying their mobile lamp, dynamic in shape and colour and produced from wood and perspex. Each unit on the lamp, once charged, could light a room for upward of two hours. Their product was powered by LED lighting.
Team members Tameshia Gooding and Cherrie-Ann Wiggins, both students of Architecture Studies at the Barbados Community College (BCC), presented their business plan which included production, distribution and pricing.
Celestial Glow was followed by the I-Rep My School duo, Orwencia Haynes and Javaughn Deeble, of St. Kitts. This team crafted their product promotion and marketing entirely around the concept of school spirit, designing lamps to incorporate school colours and promoting them to alumni, with the promise of schools benefiting from lamp sales. Orwencia and Javaughn crafted their lamps from recycled materials, including plastic spoons and bottles, while using LED bulbs as their light source.
Team Spiralescent, which comprised BCC Architecture Studies students Daniesha Pile, Ashley Herbert, Danielle Gill and Jordane King-Burney, created their lamp base from varnished wood and used LED bulbs and strips for lighting. Their lamp, placed at a higher price point, functions as a desk lamp or standing lamp with adjustable height. The brightness of the Spiralescent lamp is also adjustable, depending on the desire of the consumer for LED bulbs or strips and on placement of the lamp as spaces between the spirals were not all equal.
Teams demonstrated how their lamps work, detailed their construction and outlined the commercial viability to a mixed panel of judges, some regional and others joining via live stream, one from Australia. They further discussed how the lamps can be marketed and fielded questions from the audience and judging panel. All teams were assessed on their presentations, functionality of the lamp, energy efficiency considerations, appearance and commercial viability, originality and use of materials and safety.
Jason LaCorbiniere, Project Coordinator and competition judge, noted that he was impressed with the quality of the submissions from across the region, stating “this is the first competition of its type in the region and the submissions we received exceeded our expectations. We think that this event has enormous potential to inspire students to think creatively about energy efficiency and how it can be integrated into various aspects of our lives.”
After examination of the prototypes and deliberations by the judges, team Celestial Glow was announced as winner. Each team member received Mac computer systems, financial support to further develop their products and a grant to support or develop renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes in their respective institutions. They will also attend an international lighting conference in Athens, Greece. The first and second runners up also received funds to revise and refine their prototypes, along with Samsung tablets and grants to their institutions.
All teams will re-present their lamps to the CEELP team and lighting suppliers in November, after amendments have been made, incorporating comments and recommendations from the judges.
The CEELP team congratulates Celestial Glow and will continue to support all teams in the development of an energy efficient, commercially viable desk lamp.
CEELP is a UNDP/SIDS DOCK Support Program project designed to assist Barbados and the OECS territories in removing the policy, capacity and investment barriers to energy efficient lighting. These goals are expected to be achieved through pilot demonstrations and training; regulatory assessment and policy development support; and support for de-risking and EE financial network development.