More heat than light

More heat than light

A South African entrepreneur claims the solar jar he invented is being undercut by cheap Chinese knock-offs. But, as Helen Grange discovers, there may after all be nothing new under the sun.

South African entrepreneurs are increasingly threatened by Chinese products that are apparent replicas of their own ideas, but sell for far less. One of them is engineer Harald Schulz, whose well-loved Consol Solar Jar now has a close relation, the Organic Soul Solar Jar, publicly endorsed by Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts.

The Consol Solar Jar is a simple but inspired “green” invention. Solar-powered LED lights are charged by sunlight harnessed through a small solar panel on the lid.

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