SFC program update

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New water monitoring equipment for the standard fog collector (SFC)

We’re heading back to to the Ilam District with a new and improved water monitoring system for the SFC. This one uses improved software and a far more efficient solar panel provided by Voltaic Systems (http://www.voltaicsystems.com). Many thanks to Environment Canada for the rain gauge, it works flawlessly.

The new panel is so efficient it started to charge the battery under the somewhat dim light of my workbench, impressive!

We’re looking forward to a productive trip and to replacing the first generation of monitoring equipment with the new model. We’re also looking forward to seeing how the existing system has performed and getting a look at the data for the past six months. We’re hoping that Panchthar is a viable collection site and that we can plan a medium collector installation in the near future.

Stay tuned.