Jun 10, 2011 / ENERGY GLOBE Award
Project presentation - "Portable solar power"
In Bangladesh the day ends at 6 p.m. as the villages go dark. Without a source of light, working and reading are impossible: 75% of households in rural Bangladesh are not connected to the grid.
Rifat Turja of the FAROOQUI foundationsought a solution to this problem – and suddenly he saw daylight. According to the motto “Think simply and always positively“, he developed his Multi-User Solar System.
Instead of mounting expensive solar panels on each house, a central photovoltaic base station is installed. It serves as the solar fueling station for the whole village. There the inhabitants draw solar energy with a portable battery that is charged in three to four hours. The integrated LED lamps then bring light into darkness four hours a day for a whole week. Then the 1/2-kilogram lightweight, which even children can carry easily, is recharged.
Utilizing the system costs nothing, and setup costs per household are less than 25% of a stand-alone solution. Now the houses have light. This means a better future for the children, who can now do their homework.
Portable solar power provides energy for the world, can be used everywhere, and is economical. This is energy for the future!
More information: http://www.farooquifoundation.org/