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March 2, 2006

Solar Energy in Nicaragua

Imagine wanting to read a book at night and not having electricity to power a light bulb. When U of M electrical engineering student Patrick Delaney visited a remote mountainous region of Nicaragua, he found people frustrated by their lack of electricity to provide light for nighttime activities such as reading and cooking. Back in Minnesota, Delaney and other engineering students are now in the process of developing a reasonably priced solar lantern. He came upon the idea by coincidence.

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