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Disaster Relief; Photovoltaics


On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck the coast of South Florida and devastated Dade County leaving several hundred-thousand people homeless. Over a million residences were without electrical service, functional water and sewage systems and medical services for days and weeks in the aftermath of the storm. Emergency management teams, medical personnel, the military and countless public and private organizations staged a massive relief effort.

The staff at the Florida Solar Energy Center and SANDIA National Laboratory responded to the disaster with photovoltaics (solar electric) powered equipment to assist in the relief effort. Electricity generated by these systems were used to power vaccine refrigerators, microscopes, lighting, radios, and other general electrical needs at temporary medical shelters and emergency communication stations. Photovoltaic (PV) power systems generated quiet, pollution-free electrical power. This report describes the photovoltaic system design, operation and use in Miami after Hurricane Andrew.

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Disaster Relief; Photovoltaics


FSEC Energy Research Center® Collection



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