Off Grid Solar - Cardano Node Enclosure
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Getting Off-Grid with Cardano (WIP)
Welcome everyone to a guide on exploring new off-grid solutions for Cardano node deployment. The vision behind off-grid solutions like this is to encourage and allow for greater decentralization.
Focus on Decentralization: As with any Cardano node deployment there are many elements to manage. For this guide we are starting with an existing Node setup using Raspberry Pi's and focusing on the enclosure and hardware to support this with the primary focus on decentralization from electrical grid needs. Naturally you should expect to manage tradeoffs with this approach, which we will make note of.

Welcome to the experiment!

This guide is a work in progress (WIP) starting March 4th, 2020 -- TBD as a funded project from Catalyst Fund 7. Please share and discuss improvements that can be made! Who this guide is for:
  • Tinkerers who want to improve Cardano's decentralization.
  • Makers who are looking to understand the nuances for Cardano node power requirements
  • Students and Teachers looking for a hands on project to learn about Cardano
  • Remote towns or villages without access to cloud computing services
  • Hackers (the good kind) & developers who want to build bare metal and off grid
  • Fans of Solar power! 🌀️
This guide is not
  • Setting up a Cardano Node (although resources are linked)​
  • Designed to meet your local supply chain availability (use it as core principles)

Roadmap to v1 of this Guide:

  • Onboarding and Catalyst Funds distribution
  • Finalize v1 Off Grid Node
    • Prototype Enclosure with Pi deployed
    • Updated Raspberry Pi materials list used - from Armada Alliance's guide.
    • Node Enclosure materials list
    • Design Overview Document
    • Build Enclosure
      • Materials Ordered
      • Enclosure Assembled
      • Pi Node Setup
      • Node & Enclosure Deployed
    • Video Walkthrough
      • Edited & Uploaded to YouTube
    • Data Exports
      • Define Data to record
      • Automated export to csv and upload to Github
    • Project Final Report via Catalyst Town Hall & Blog Post Recap
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Welcome to the experiment!
Roadmap to v1 of this Guide: