Solar

7,500 Solar Panels for Hope on Africa

January 15, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Washington, D.C.-based Hopeandcare International has awarded Riverton, Wyoming-based Brunton a contract to manufacture solar panels for the Hope on Africa program. Brunton will supply the 7,500 solar panels to be linked to the program’s handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) devices and 60,000 solar panels to power its hand-held HP tablet PC’s. Teachers and therapists deployed throughout Africa to provide education and treatment services will use a healthcare INFOstructure as a communication tool for tracking and sharing knowledge. Therapists will have access to the program’s online services via solar-powered hand-held PDA’s that can withstand temperature extremes up to 50 degrees Celsius, desert sand and full immersion in water. The hand-held HP tablet PC’s will be used by teachers in classrooms to provide e-learning text books on healthcare and other curriculum topics.