The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Manufacturing of Solar Powered Radio

Published on June 6, 2014 um 12:14

Summary of your idea

Solar power provides advantages for remote locations where there is a need for power but no electricity available. For example, if you go to the mountains for a camping trip or to the beach for a day in the sun there are no electrical outlets to conveniently plug in to. You might want to use something as simple as a radio that runs on dc power and you can use solar power for this application since a solar panel supplies dc electrical current. Mini radios run on batteries so are easily converted to a solar radio. Batteries will work for a day or so but if you need to use the radio for many days you would have to carry a lot of batteries with you and the cost can be very high. Also, there are people that live in areas where power is never available and they do not have an endless supply of batteries. For people that want to run a laptop computer there are commercial laptop solar panels that can be used to run the laptop or charge the computer battery.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

On this project you will have to do a little discovery on your own depending on the type of radio you find and the solar panel you are using. In general, you will have to open the radio and figure out how the wiring is configured. In some cases it will be easy if there is one positive lead and one negative lead. The second radio that we converted to a solar radio was a little more complex but we were still able to fairly easily once we understood the wiring.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

You will need to match the amount of power delivered by your solar panel to the amount of power required by the radio. In my project experiment, i used a solar panel that was rated for 4.5 volts and 100 mAmps and a radio that used 4 AA batteries at 1.5 volts each and rated for 6 DC volts. I tried 2 different makes of radio rated at 6 DC volts and both worked well. You can find these types of radios for less than $10 in chain pharmacy's and discount stores. You might have to get one and just try it with a closley matched solar panel.

Your profile

I am ANGEL ALABA ABIOLA ANIMASHAUN, A young man born on 12th June,1991 on Africa soil of Lagos,Nigeria. Actually i am a very good soccer player but due to non transparency of selections in my country, i had to find an idea to develop myself.I have an elderly brother that is an electrical engineer and i sometimes go to sites with him in my free times. I got inspired through this and am motivated with the results have been to achieved too through the little assignment he has been giving me.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage, start-up stage , idea offered for implementation by others

Your idea has a positive impact on

sustainable energy, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, youth

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July 7, 2014 15:56

nice!