Now, the scenes captured in the images that follow may look as modern reenactments of ancient tales, but that’s not the point here. Well, not the main one, anyway. It turns out that these donkeys’ amazing off-road capabilities make them the perfect vehicles to transport solar panels to farmers in Turkey’s hinterlands.
As you will see, the famously obstinate equines are being used to reach places no man-made vehicle can get to. Turkish solar panel producer Ser-G├╝n is behind the “plug and play” panel project, charging 2,800 Turkish Liras ($1320) apiece.
Mobile phones use only about two to six watts when charging, so a panel usually has enough energy to charge more than 1,000 of them. Laptops of course use more power, so a single solar panel can charge fewer at a time, but it’s typically enough to meet the farmers’ needs.
It’s amazing to see how, one the farmers reach the end of their journeys, they would sit in the shade of the solar panel, open up a laptop and check the latest news online. Fascinating! (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Village farmers in Turkey (pictured) have launched what could be the latest trend in wearable technology: solar powered donkeys. Farmers walks alongside the animal to help steady the panel, which can generate up to seven kilowatts of energy.
2. Now that’s an ass-et! In footage from Ruptly news agency, the farmers are shown attaching large solar panels to a donkey to power their mobile devices. Here a farmer leads the power-generating donkey along a dusty trail.
3. The farmers also claim that during birthing season, the panels are particularly helpful in providing extra lighting.
4. Mobile phones only use around two to six watts when charging, so in the right conditions, the panel will have enough energy to charge over 1000 mobile phones. Pictured here is a generator.
Here are the videos:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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