OH Photovoltaic Charger

Marco Castorina marco.castorina at yahoo.it
Tue Jul 20 04:27:02 EDT 2010

This is is really interesting indeed. Unfortunately it's been a while
since I last programmed a micro-controller. I would be happy to
be test though when it's ready.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Chris Troutner <Chris.Troutner at PACCAR.com>
> To: "Users mailinglist , support, findings, use cases and fun " 
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> Sent: Mon, 19 July, 2010 15:16:13
> Subject: RE: OH Photovoltaic Charger
> If people were interested in pursuing this, you might want to check out
> the  Free Charge Controller project: http://www.freechargecontroller.org
> This is a project  that I am heading up and am in need of hardware and
> software developers. The  controller is basically a software controlled
> buck converter. The board could  easily be reprogrammed to output the
> voltage necessary to charge a  NanoNote.
> I am currently in the process of making up 10 firmware  development kits
> (hardware is in place, but firmware still needs to be  written).
> Chris Troutner
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marco  Castorina [mailto:marco.castorina at yahoo.it] 
> Sent:  Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:56 AM
> To: discussion at lists.qi-hardware.com
> Subject:  OH Photovoltaic Charger
> Hi all,
>  it's nice to see such an active and  proposing community,
> I think that what will bring this project further is the  open-
> discussion that wouldn't be possible in a "classic" company.
> I  have something to propose as well: what I really miss
> for my laptop is a  photovoltaic charger that would allow
> me to use it in parks or open air in  general (my laptop's
> battery lasts only two hours). This is not a problem  with
> the Ben, as, from what I read, it lasts one day no problem.
> But  what about those places around the world that doesn't
> have easy access to  electricity (both developing countries
> and remote regions such as mountains)?  I thought then
> that an Open Hardware photovoltaic charger could do  the
> job, making the NN more eco-friendly and allowing almost
> everyone on  earth to use it.
> Just my two cents.
>  -- 
> Marco
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