SolFly: Solar Energy Tent Fly for Humanitarian Aid Public
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The goal of this project was to develop a product which met the need for off-grid electricity that is safe, transportable, and environmentally friendly. Displaced people have a particular need for off-grid energy. As a result, this project focuses on energy production for refugees. The design utilizes thin film solar technology attached to a weather resistant nylon fabric on a rolling spring mechanism for ease of transportation and set up. This user-friendly device serves as a protective tent fly while producing solar electricity for tent inhabitants. The background research, stages of the design process, and testing conducted in order to develop a viable prototype are discussed in this report. SolFly provides a feasible solution to energy sparsity in refugee camps.
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