Experts agree that the power infrastructure sector in Bangladesh requires extensive development to provide uninterrupted and safe access of electricity to its rural population. This has created room for expansion and innovation in the field on both a micro and macro level. In order to bolster the development of the power sector, the Bangladesh government has prioritized widespread rural electrification in recent years. That being said, there are a number of critical technical errors that serve as a stumbling block to the success of this national endeavor.
Seasonal storms and cyclones are a common phenomenon in Bangladesh that has major repercussions for both the economy and safety of rural communities. Power distribution in particular is often severely affected due to inclement weather. The infamous Cyclonic Storm Sidr 2008 for example had caused severe disruption to electricity in countless rural regions across Bangladesh especially in the southern districts within and surrounding the Division of Khulna. Strong winds during storms can lead to catastrophic damage in transformers and cables, which in itself can be a cause for fatal fire hazards.
Similar to storms and cyclones, floods during the monsoon season in Bangladesh is a reason why people in rural communities are cut off from access to uninterrupted electricity. Rising water levels in villages and small towns can damage electric poles and cables, and put people under severe risk of electrocution. Most importantly, both floods and storms create a situation where the rural population is deprived of electric power for days, weeks and sometimes months at a stretch. This leads to a significant degradation in the quality of their lifestyle and often makes survival and basic security a major challenge in the days immediately succeeding the natural disaster.
There are a number of short-term and long-term solutions to the disruption of power distribution during natural disasters that can be explored and timely implemented. Having said that, a simple, cost-effective and swift solution to this predicament could be the installation of Backup LED Bulbs.
Backup LED Bulbs are designed to store power in a built-in battery when electricity is available and then offload that power to provide light for a few hours when access to electricity is cut off. This innovative electrical item is a common staple in remote areas of Bangladesh, especially the hill tracts where solar panels are used during the day to store electrical energy in Backup LED Bulbs for use later at night.
The fact that Backup LED Bulbs are often not installed in cyclones and flood shelters is a fundamental planning error as these community centers for refuge are most likely to be at full occupancy at a time when access to electricity is unavailable for hours or days at a stretch. Installation of regular bulbs does not actually serve the purpose of providing light, security and comfort to refugee seekers in these shelters. Not only does the lack of lighting make it extremely difficult to function normally in the hours of darkness but also raises the potential of triggering claustrophobia among victims of natural disasters especially young children who may already be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This is why the installation of Backup LED Bulbs is the smartest solution to the problem of cyclones and flood shelters being cut off from electricity during and after the hours of a natural disaster.
It is important to note that the selection of the Backup LED Bulb to be installed in these shelters is of great significance as there are a number of low quality Backup LED Bulbs in the market that does not serve the intended purpose of this extremely useful and necessary electrical accessory.
The following problems are commonly associated with low-quality Backup LED Bulbs
a) Do not last long (less than 1 hour in most cases)
b) Provide poor backup lumen (low light during off-grid hours)
c) Increases electrification cost due to repeated malfunction d) Could lead to electricity hazards in a volatile situation
e) Flickers may trigger phobia in children suffering from PTSD
Energypac has developed a product that evades the aforementioned problems and fulfills all the necessary criteria. Energypac’s Dishari LED Bulb is the ideal lighting product for cyclone shelters as it provides 2.5 hours of uninterrupted backup lighting at an extremely low lumen depreciation rate (the lumen does not decrease rapidly during the backup hours). Manufactured with materials of the highest quality, it guarantees durability and minimal risk of malfunction during usage. Most importantly, Energypac has made the product available across markets in Bangladesh at an affordable rate so that local government administrations and consumers may find it feasible to install the product in cyclone and flood shelters.
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