Solar Power Project

 

 

 

In countries like Haiti and Tanzania the need for solar power is critical.  Many of the rural villages and towns have little to no electricity available.  When the sun goes down at 6:00 or 7:00 pm, the day is over. Some families can afford to purchase kerosene lamps or firewood but over time these light sources create serious respiratory issues as well as contribute to deforestation. 

 

 

People in these countries can purchase inexpensive cell phones.  Cell phone companies make their profit by selling minutes via cell phone cards. The cell phone is as critical a resource to people in these countries as it is to us here at home.  Often cell phone users will walk for hours to a location where they can charge there phone because electricity is so scarce. They will pay a fee and wait until their cell phone is fully charged.  Because so many people have cell phones this process can easily take one to two days.  The average user will repeat this process every other week. Think of all the lost time and productivity just to charge a phone.

 

 

Currently FFCC has focused its solar research and design to individual home application in the form of solar rechargeable lights and solar cell phone chargers. The solar rechargeable- light has a single LED light design that provides an equivalent of 300 candle lights.  The light can be used as a wall mount fixture or detached and used as a flashlight. The solar panel is the approximate size of a man’s wallet. A twelve hour solar charge will provide four hours of continuous light.  The solar light also has an alarm feature built into the housing to provide the user a way to signal for help in the event of danger. This light will extend a family's day by four hours and provide more time for things like school studies and family interaction.

 

 

The solar cell phone charger will charge a completely dead battery to a full charge in eight hours.  The solar panel is the approximate size of a man’s wallet. Each panel has the capability to add additional solar panels to reduce the charging time. This solar charger saves hundreds of man hours and charging fees that can be reinvested to meet the needs of the family.

 

 

If you would like more information about our solar projects or have resources that may be of help, please contact Phil Harris at philffcc@san.rr.com.