28 Nov '11, 5pm

Solar Power Brings Computing to Rural Africa

Solar Power Brings Computing to Rural Africa

We already know that solar can replace dangerous kerosene lanterns in African homes , and that investment in solar improves school performance in impoverished rural areas . But it's not just about light, and it's not just about school kids. Solar power can help empower adults too through access to computers and other communication tools. The UK-based charity Solar Aid is already pioneering pay-as-you-go solar to charge cell phones and lighting in remote communities . Now a new project has just brought basic, low cost computing to a community center on a remote island in Tanzania. The aim is to provide basic IT and English language tuition as an empowerment tool for rural villagers: The systems chosen comprise four workstations assembled to a local design, each using only 15-18W each. This is very efficient, compared to the average 150W used for UK workstation. The technolo...

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