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Photovoltaics; Disaster Relief


When natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, occur, thousands of people can be left without homes, electrical power, communications, potable water, and food storage capabilities. Adequate electrical power is imperative for both disaster relief operations and community rebuilding. However, the disaster may have disrupted the commercial power supply to a community, requiring disaster relief agencies to rely on alternative sources of power. Photovoltaic-powered equipment provides electrical power which is renewable, quiet, and safe, and which can be used for many essentials of disaster relief efforts, such as refrigeration, communications and lighting. However, at present, photovoltaic (PV) technology is used scarcely in disaster relief efforts. To help quantify the role PV has in disaster relief efforts, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) conducted a large-scale needs assessment and a follow-up workshop with representatives from federal and local governments, the PV industry, and disaster relief agencies. This report describes the results of the workshop.

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Disaster Relief; Photovoltaics


FSEC Energy Research Center® Collection



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