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Solar boat racing: CLAFIS Victron Energy unstoppable

I might be on a brief sailing holiday but as my small yacht has a Victron MultiPlus and Victron batteries powering my house loads as well as laptop and 4G router – well I’m happy and able to bring you news that the CLAFIS Victron Energy sponsored solar boat team has done it again. First in their class in all their races. Unstoppable!Continue reading

Illuminating Burkina Faso

Working with the charity Assolidafrica 07, a group of teachers and students from the French High School Iscles Manosque have been to install lighting and electricity; computers and a photocopier, in two remote schools in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is a landlocked African country just north of the equator whose 17 million people are spread out over 100,000 square miles, and whose official language is French. The two remote schools to benefit from this equipment were College de Boulma and College de Kapon (440 students) – separated by an hour’s drive through the bush by car.Continue reading

Impossible Robotics go all the way to the White House. Nearly.

Impossible Robotics – the young scientists from the Netherlands – have been in action again. Enjoying a spot of intercontinental travel to Washington D.C. they represented their country in the FIRST Global Challenge – a kind of a Olympic Robotic Games.

160 countries took part in the competition held in DAR Constitution Hall – not far from the White House – over a four day period last weekend (14th – 17th July). Impossible Robotics flew their robot across the Atlantic in a crate to compete against the robots built by other young engineers from all over the world!

The challenge sounds simple enough – robots must be capable of picking up and sorting blue and orange balls and also have the ability to climb. It’s only when anyone of us considers how we might go about designing and building a robot with such capabilities that the enormity of the task becomes apparent!Continue reading