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== <br>Executive Summary  ==
 
== <br>Executive Summary  ==
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One Laptop per Child is a non-profit organization that provides children in some of the most remote areas on earth with opportunities to meet their potentials by exposing them to a world of ideas. The organization has produced a laptop known as the XO laptop to be distributed to children in developing countries. Unfortunately the majority of these children have no access to electricity in order to power the laptops. Solar energy has thus <br>been proposed as a convenient alternative to energy that requires a great deal of infrastructure. The problem remains as to how to effectively and inexpensively power the laptops using solar energy.<br>The proposal requires a solution to the stated problem. The project requires that a successful prototype be constructed and presented for evaluation.<br>A general understanding of the XO laptop itself and the science of solar panels is needed in order to find an optimal design for presentation. Through research, various necessary criteria for the solar system accompanying the XO laptop are evident. The criteria for the solar panels are portability, durability, low cost, and sufficient energy output.<br>The prototype is still to be determined, although much research has gone into the decision of what solar panels will be used and the connection of the panel to the laptop.<br> <br> <br>Table of Contents<br>1.0 Introduction……………………………………………………….……………..1<br>2.0 Problem Formulation…………………………………………………….……... 2<br>3.0 Design Considerations…………….……………..……….…………………….. 3<br>4.0 Materials…………………………………………………...……...……………..4<br>5.0 How Solar Panels Work…………………………..….………….……………… 5<br>6.0 Future Considerations…………………………..………….…………...………..6<br>7.0 Economic Analysis……………………………………………………………….8<br>8.0 Conclusions…….………………..………………………………………………10<br>9.0 References………………………...……………………………………………..11  
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[[One Laptop per Child]] is a non-profit organization that provides children in some of the most remote areas on earth with opportunities to meet their potentials by exposing them to a world of ideas. The organization has produced a laptop known as the [[XO]] laptop to be distributed to children in developing countries. Unfortunately the majority of these children have no access to electricity in order to power the laptops. Solar energy has thus <br>been proposed as a convenient alternative to energy that requires a great deal of infrastructure. The problem remains as to how to effectively and inexpensively power the laptops using solar energy.<br>The proposal requires a solution to the stated problem. The project requires that a successful prototype be constructed and presented for evaluation.<br>A general understanding of the XO laptop itself and the science of solar panels is needed in order to find an optimal design for presentation. Through research, various necessary criteria for the solar system accompanying the XO laptop are evident. The criteria for the solar panels are portability, durability, low cost, and sufficient energy output.<br>The prototype is still to be determined, although much research has gone into the decision of what solar panels will be used and the connection of the panel to the laptop.<br> <br> <br>Table of Contents<br>1.0 Introduction……………………………………………………….……………..1<br>2.0 Problem Formulation…………………………………………………….……... 2<br>3.0 Design Considerations…………….……………..……….…………………….. 3<br>4.0 Materials…………………………………………………...……...……………..4<br>5.0 How Solar Panels Work…………………………..….………….……………… 5<br>6.0 Future Considerations…………………………..………….…………...………..6<br>7.0 Economic Analysis……………………………………………………………….8<br>8.0 Conclusions…….………………..………………………………………………10<br>9.0 References………………………...……………………………………………..11  
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Table of Figures<br>Figure 1: XO Solar Laptop Group 213B Project Plan ……………………………….7<br>Figure 2: Solar Panel Cost Comparison………………………………………………9  
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Table of Figures<br>Figure 1: XO Solar Laptop Group 213B Project Plan ……………………………….7<br>Figure 2: Solar Panel Cost Comparison………………………………………………9
    
== <br>1.0 Introduction  ==
 
== <br>1.0 Introduction  ==

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