4.23.2007

Solar Array


Jeff visited a local solar panel manufacturer, Iowa Thin Film Technology, last week. They told him they couldn't sell him a solar array because they are back ordered. However, since we're going into the Peace Corpse and all they just gave him a prototype they had in back. That's pretty awesome.
It folds up to about the size of a VHS tape. When unfolded it's about 3 x 3 feet. It's water resistant and durable. (I think we will test those claims while in Panama.) Apparently they are the same kind the military uses. The guy who gave it to Jeff said for every four hours of charging we'll get about one hour of time on our laptop. It will charge even if it is cloudy. It has a Cigarette Lighter Adapter, so we'll just need to get a car charger for a laptop and we'll be set. Well, we'll need a laptop too. Jeff is working on that.
Jeff told the people at Iowa Thin Film Tech. we would send them updates on how we do in Panama. I don't think that will be a problem now that we have solar power.

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