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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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Little Sun

Little Sun Exhibit at MIT Museum

A view of the Little Sun exhibit from the street

Little Sun is a solar alternative to the kerosene lamps used for lighting in many developing countries.

For the price of two to three month's worth of kerosene, this rechargeable solar lantern provides a family with equivalent light—for years, and without the serious health and environmental impacts of burning kerosene.

Launched in 2012 as a venture in social entrepreneurship, Little Sun was created by internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen.

In October 2013 it was announced that Eliasson will be the recipient of the 2014, 40th Anniversary Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. During his residence at MIT, Eliasson is working with students to further improve and develop Little Sun. Sales of Little Sun in developed countries underwrite a lower sales price in developing countries.

Little Sun was installed at the MIT Museum for the MIT Energy Club's public event, Energy Night 2013.

Learn More:

Little Sun website
Little Sun in 2 minutes [video]

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