SonSet Solutions engineers have been involved with the design and production of solar lamp poles. This was the outgrowth of a challenge made a couple of years ago to engineering departments at five colleges. After evaluating the designs, our engineers took the best ideas and combined them with some of their own for production.
Solar lamp poles were not designed to simply provide light. They will also open opportunities to share the light of the gospel. Equipped with a charging station for cell phones, these units will also provide Wi-Fi capabilities for the transmission of video and audio content for smart devices. Hundreds of video and audio programs can be installed such as the Jesus film, Bibles, sermons, health care programs, and local public service announcements.
It all began back in 2007. That is the year four of our engineers came together to compile a list of needs for a power protection system that would guard against damaging lightning strikes, brownouts, and otherwise poor quality power grids. Our engineers were convinced that a reliable, affordable solution could be developed to protect expensive radio and healthcare equipment from the harsh realities of unstable power sources worldwide, saving our partners countless hours of lost ministry time and expensive repairs.
The project involves using a “Raspberry Pi”, a computer about the size of a credit card, to monitor the quality of the incoming electrical power and disconnect the power before damage occurs. John Wineman, engineer, describes the project as “a complex problem with limited resources.” Most of the work so far has been accomplished by student interns during spring break. The sporadic nature of this kind of project development, requires detailed documentation, relatively long learning curves, and occasional redesigns due to obsolescence. However, this summer we have put together a team of six who will be collaborating on the project, with the goal of creating a minimal working prototype. Often our projects are limited by the available resources. Sometimes those are financial limitations. Other times, we need capable technical people to offer their expertise and experience. If you are interested in being part of the ministry of SonSet Solutions, contact us about some of the ways you can be a part of providing technology-based solutions to advance the Gospel worldwide.