Engineers for a Sustainable World Host Solar Panel Workshop
Last month, members of the Rensselaer student chapter of
Engineers for a Sustainable World, in collaboration with Cary Dresher, associate dean of the off-campus commons, hosted a solar battery and phone charger workshop for Rensselaer students. The idea for developing the workshop came as a result of viewing the Burning in the Sun documentary, which was part of the Fall 2011 Science and Technology Studies Sustainability Film Series. The documentary featured Richard Komp, a solar physicist, and highlighted his ability to build solar panels using materials locally available in Third World nations. The film also focused on the story of a young entrepreneur’s efforts to develop a viable company focused on providing electricity to rural communities, in the country of Mali. Komp was on the Rensselaer campus, and led a workshop and discussion focused on ways to provide solar power to Third World countries.
“It was great to have Dr. Komp visit the campus,” said Andrew Chung, president of Engineers for a Sustainable World. “His experience working on a variety of solar-related projects and businesses in Third World nations was seen to be greatly beneficial to the RPI community. This workshops provided Dr. Komp with an opportunity to share his knowledge so that the future generations of RPI engineers can break out of the traditional view on solar technology by taking an hands-on, humanitarian approach. At the end of the workshop, RPI students were also be able to walk away with the ability to engineer a more sustainable world.”