Equipment Power Protection Device Development

Equipment Power Protection Team 1

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.