Electricity for 135 people in Colombia

by Green Empowerment
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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!


River Turbine in Colombia
River Turbine in Colombia

Included are photos of a new installation of a river turbine in Colombia, similar to the proposed project (#7514)-- proof of concept. With your help, we can power more villages! Photos were sent by Jesús Gómez, from a partner of ours-- APROTEC Tecnología Apropiada in Sucarsal-Villavicencio, Colombia. We've been partnered with APROTEC since 2008, and collaborate regularly with them on biogas projects. For more information on APROTEC, please see their website, www.aprotec.com.co.

Lights On!
Lights On!

Senior staff from our in-country, NGO partner in Colombia (APROTEC) went to receive training and exchange design concepts on ram pumps with AIDFI (in-country, NGO partner in the Philippines). At the same time, AIDFI learned about APROTEC's work on low-head/high flow river turbines, and more.

Our partner in the Philippines, AIDFI, was named recently as one of the recipients of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize! Among AIDFI's technical expertise is the hydraulic ram pump which won the BBC World Challenge in 2010.

APROTEC is
an active member of the "Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean" (RedBioLAC), also promoting biogas in Columbia as another source of renewable energy.

Connecting our partners and networks creates opportunity to replicate innovative projects on a regional and global scale.

A parts list, and plans:

Uses only inexpensive and standard components:

1. Small trailer axle ball bearing (really barrel). The stress of rolling this machine would be no threat for these bearings, as they are intended to carry a much heavier load.

2. Standard steel tubing and flange.

3. A bicycle wheel acts as a 28 inch low cost pulley.

4. Wooden lateral wings to make a Venturi flow control.

Designer will complete the first prototype in their shop, and then travel to Columbia to help for the initial installation, fine tuning, and tech training-- TBD.

A team of engineers from our in-country partner APROTEC will work with the community to install the equipment and do follow up tests and monitoring for at least 1 year.

 

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Green Empowerment

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.greenempowerment.org
Project Leader:
Mike Kalkofen
Finance Manager
Portland, Oregon United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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