I saw this community challenge and instantly knew that Tapas is best fit for attending to needs of Developing countries.
In Pakistan, my home country, there are plenty of remote villages which do not have infrastructure to electricity, or where it does exist, the shortage of power generation in the country leads to severe power supply cutbacks. This has been due to natural calamities of the past such as Floods and Earth Quakes in Swat valley of Karakorum range or the neglected remote desert areas which only have limited resources.
For these places, Electricity serves as ray of hope of survival which brings people together to rebuild. . For this purpose we want to develop an Ad hoc Inverter that caters to their basic needs such as:
- Fan/Air Conditioning in Summer
- Heating in Winter
- Water pump to pull water from the ground
- Lighting for after dark.
- Mobile Charging Station
For Future scalability, we Intend to keep one profile for:
- Connecting Solar Panels to make it work as a Battery Charger. (Intention is to connect the Solar Panels to charge Internal Battery).
Much of the similar work is done by NGOs where they tend to solve one single problem. However, with TAPAS, by creating a programmable yet easy to use intuitive Inverter allows easier to install, and providing them plenty of ways to use their electricity.
What are we trying to achieve:
In essence, we want to create a easy to use front end that is easy to install, and easy to operate with safety for places which do not have access to electricity, or are a relief places such as emergency tent based hospitals and schools.
Why Tapas? Because, it provides flexibility of installation for using it and coupling it with Solar Panels which is the stage 2(if time permits till deadline) for us in providing a solution.
Is it not expensive? Yes. But the flexibility to use in the areas outweighs much of other donated systems which provide one use case (Pumping water out of the ground).
- Create pre-defined profiles that outputs optimal voltage and waveform.
- Create a easy to understand touch penal to select a profile.
Note: I wish I could document more concretely but due to deadline I could not. Our long term with the device is as explained. The first stage serves as proof of concept.
Asif Nadeem - Applications Engineer for Power Management IC - Dialog Semiconductor
Aqeel Arshad - Embedded Engineer - Osram
Muhammad Hassan - Concept Engineer - Infineon
1 Tapas board
this idea will get one TAPAS dev kit