Hi, As the lead on the project, Mauricio Gnecco reports (translated from Spanish by our Executive Director, Anna Garwood): The second phase of the river turbine is advancing quite well. I'm assembling the modified machine with elements based on the award-winning InnoCentive design. For two months, John Burton and I reviewed in depth the aspects of the fluid mechanics of the modifications proposed by InnoCentive. It seems that the angle of the blades will increase the general efficiency and reduce some forces. Please wait for confirmation on these findings. Thank you!
Note we also just sent Mauricio an email for additional information. He could be out in the field working. Stay tuned!
A representative from GlobalGiving met with Don Fabio C., a fisherman on the banks of the Guayuriba River. Don Fabio is responsible for monitoring the testing machine during the "short test" (the first month of testing). Afterwards, a long series of tests should last between 6 and 8 months. By then, molds for the first set of blades can be made, and tested.
Rain during this time was enough to make the usual route too difficult for passage. It took our Aprotec representative an exra hour and a half to reach the testing site.
I'll be checking in with the staffer from GlobalGiving for her account of the visit.
We are so excited about the contributions made during the InnoCentive and Rockefeller Foundation match challenge recently. Here's a link to the story as covered in Market Watch, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/innocentive-globalgiving-and-rockefeller-foundation-advance-open-innovation-solutions-to-worlds-water-challenges-2012-02-07. Over $9,000 total was raised in a few short days-- thank you! Our Executive Director, Anna Garwood, has since spoken to our in-country partner on the project-- Aprotec. Appreciative of the donations also, they'll begin building the prototype of the river turbine!