From void into vision, from vision to mind, from mind into speech, from speech to the tribe, from the tribe into din.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Recycled Solar Results

There were only two entries for the Recycled Solar Contest. First Prize went to Daanish Maqbool for a heat driven fan made from aluminum cans and Second Prize went to Jonathan Tejada for a wind generator made from plastic bottles.

Both were conceptual rather than working models. No Tim Harkness Prize for most imaginative design was awarded.

On a day with rain showers, Tim Harkness' small parabolic dish maxed out the oven thermometer at over 600 degrees Fahrenheit or 315 degrees Celsius.

Looking over my collection of single LED lights that are already on the market today, I could imagine a solar LED reading light that will allow every child around the world to read under the covers.

In 1988, I visited China and spent a few days in the city of Guangzhou. The first evening there I walked down the street and saw men in the doorways standing before small tables. They were repairing and selling disposable lighters.

Could a solar reading light become as relatively affordable and ubiquitous as a disposable lighter?

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