21 Jul '12, 11am

Night Fishing by the Light of the Sun in East Africa

Night Fishing by the Light of the Sun in East Africa

© The Meeco Group . An artist's rendering of the sun2fish buoy at work. Fishermen in eastern Africa light their way onto Lake Victoria each night with lanterns fueled by thousands of liters of kerosene , a costly substance that also poses pollution risks. But a Swiss firm believes both problems can be solved with its new solar-powered buoy system. The sun2fish system by The Meeco Group is made up of a land-based solar photovoltaic station and the eight stainless-steel buoys it can recharge simultaneously. Each buoy is equipped with a strong LED light that lasts for up to eight hours, and can also be used to provide household lighting on land, the company says. © The Meeco Group . The recharging station can accommodate eight buoys (detail, two images at lower left). Meeco, which has been testing out the system in Tanzania this year, says it envisions fishermen creating coop...

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