This is a project that was presented to us by Engineering Ministries International (eMi). We would be working with them to optimize a pico-hydroelectric generation design to be used in the developing world.
This project requires expertise from mechanical, civil and electrical engineers to improve the performance and reliability of each system as well as physical testing to demonstrate confidence in modeled outputs and critical components. Design criteria focus on cost and reliability to meet demands in the developing world.
One of the greatest inhibitors of individual and cultural advancement in remote areas of the developing world is lack of affordable electrical power. Small amounts of electrical energy allow lighting for families and students as well as other life improvements, such as cell phone and computer charging and/or small labor-assist devices for micro manufacturing. Depending on patterns of use, pico-hydro systems producing 200-800 watts would supply sufficient power for several families, up to a small village. Many remote communities live in proximity to flowing streams and rivers that could provide a renewable and cost effective resource for power harvesting. This project will advance designs to meet urgent needs in the global community by providing designs for in-stream power generation.
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