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Making solar cells from blackberries! Solar Photovoltaics Workshop with Dr Richard Komp

Solar Photovoltaics Workshop with Dr Richard Komp at University of Leeds, November 2014

By Lena Kruckenberg

Few people can match the enthusiasm Dr. Richard Komp has brought to solar energy. For the past 30 years Richard has been promoting solar PV installations across the Global South and he has taught hundreds of workshops around the world.

I met Richard when conducting field research in a remote place in rural Nicaragua where he taught a group of young local technicians how to make solar panels from left-over cells and then in Managua where he assisted a social enterprise in designing solar PV systems for mobile phone towers, before he went off to work with groups in Honduras and Ghana.

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