Peru Study Abroad program conducts 2-day workshop on stand-alone PV systems with University of San Antonio de Abad de Cusco
While many in the world still live without electricity, (estimated at 12% of global population) cell phone reception is often found in even the most remote corners of the planet. Cell phones have become indispensable to people around the world and many people living off-grid literally walk many miles to charge their phones. It is with this in mind that the Peru study abroad program focused on the design and construction of stand-alone PV systems for lighting and cell phone charging. Sustainable Technology professor’s Jeremy Ferrell and Brent Summerville along with 14 App State students led a 2-day workshop to build and install two systems working with students and faculty from the University of San Antonio de Abad de Cusco (UNSAAC). One system was installed at UNSAAC, while the other system was installed in the Altiplano community of Pucarumi (13,500’) located at the base of the beautiful glacier Ausangate. This workshop is part of an on-going collaboration between the Sustainable Technology program and the Applied Physics program at UNSAAC that focuses on renewable energy technology.
Photos courtesy of Marie Freeman