Solar-power stations housed in six trailers are sitting aboard a cargo ship heading to Grand Goâve, Haiti a town of nearly 50,000 inhabitants in southern Haiti that was 90 percent destroyed in last year's earthquake. The SunBlazer solar trailers were developed by a team of dedicated IEEE volunteers who answered an IEEE challenge to provide low-cost, reliable electricity to a poor rural area. The team, formed by Life Fellow Ray Larsen, Fellow Robin Podmore, and Senior Member (and Nextek employee) Liang Downey, has spent almost two years designing and building the power stations, now in its first proof-of-concept deployment by the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative group.

CSI, a not-for-profit group within the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), is committed to the open-source design and delivery of power stations to the world's poorest and most energy-deprived populations. Larsen and Podmore co-chair the group, which is composed entirely of volunteers.

For the complete article recently published on the IEEE’s “The Institute” web magazine, click here.

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