Studying wildlife in extremely remote and dangerous locations requires access to not just clean water and food supplies but also reliable power when you need it. The study of elephants in Africa requires researchers to be on the ground there for weeks and months at a time.
The requirements to keep researchers safe, feed and housed are just the basics required for such an endeavor. Researchers also need access to cameras, computers, microscopes and many other kinds of laboratory equipment most of which requires electricity.
The options up until recently have been liquid fuel generators that produce noise and emissions that can easily disturb the animals in the habitat that you want observe them in. Now with the advent of cost effective and efficient solar panels, power inverters and batteries for energy storage the researchers are able to truly embed themselves in the everyday lives of these wonderful animals.
This team of researchers from Stanford University have set up a fully solar powered laboratory , observatory in the most remote area of Africa.
All made possible by clean modern solar energy.
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.