Today, the access to electricity is considered as existential. Even small amounts of energy already mean a huge improvement of living conditions. However, at the moment still two billion people worldwide have no access to modern energy services and more than half of them live completely without access to electricity. No matter where and why electricity is not accessible, there is one thing all these situations have in common: Under these circumstances people usually use fire — for cooking, for heating or to illuminate the darkness at least with a few candle flames.
IGNIS is a tool that uses the heat of these flames, transforms it into electricity and stores it to provide light and power whenever and wherever needed. Therefore, the product can simply be placed on a hot stove while cooking or heating. In addition, at places without an oven, IGNIS also works with a device for burning ordinary household liquids like spirits, any oil or even used frying fat that is available in every home.
Typologically IGNIS is still a lantern in its original sense – a portable lamp based on flames, something one can bring along and carry around in order to illuminate the places where life is currently taking place. But beyond that, the product is also a power generator producing its own electricity and thereby offering entirely new opportunities and benefits. It provides a solution of how people all around the world can get access to electric power and light in a self-sufficient way – based on an energy source which is already in use every day. Not the amount of burning material, but only the benefits of it are getting multiplied.
The core technology behind IGNIS is based on new thermoelectric modules, that are generating a current from differences in temperature. As the product has a heat conducting aluminum surface over a heat source on one side and a heat sink which maintains the ambient temperature on the other side, current is generated which is stored in batteries and can be used any time while or after heating the product.