Project Location: Kisongo, Tanzania
Following the first experiment in constructing handmade solar panels in Cameroon Datum, working with Norman Phipps, have been busy developing new prototypes.
In October 2012 further field trials were held in the village of Kisongo in Tanzania. Five local young adults were trained how to solder and assemble the photovoltaic chips. Simple circuit boards were fabricated and the whole mounted in a timber frame. Enough material was donated to allow the group to make some 500 panels.
It is hoped that training can be offered to other young people across Africa to allow this accessible technology to spread and provide much needed lights to children.