October 2010: For the last 6 months, food production and irrigation work have been given priority over electrical work. In addition, the heavy rainy season has impeded access to the community for engineering work. So there has been no progress on the electrical generation and distribution system.
Official commissioning of the electrical system is scheduled for November, and will be followed by a more in-depth report.
Thanks for your interest and support.
The team comprised of 4 students from the Norhtwestern University chapter of Engineering for a Sustainable World (ESW) and Michel Maupoux from Green Empowerment, was on site for 4 weeks ending July 20, 2010, to participate in the construction of a dual ram pump system in Tres Hermanos. The project was successfully completed in that time.
As I was out of commission for two weeks due to dengue fever, the students did a great job of participating and documenting the whole installation, showing that installing the pumps themselves is only a part of the work. This particular system was comprised of a network of pipes for lifting water and for its distribution, made of 6km (~4 miles) of pipes.
Attached is the system construction report filed by the students, with photos showing the hard work and its results.
Enjoy, and thanks for your support.
Thanks to the generosity of our individual and institutional donors, equipment has been purchased: 6 solar panels, 9 batteries, inverters, controllers, etc.. Installation by the local BGET team is scheduled to be completed by end of September 2010. The dorm students will then be able to boost their learning by using computers. The completion report will be produced and posted here shortly thereafter.