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Fostering Development of Third-World Rural Village through Mini-Hydropower Solutions

项目负责人: Dr. Alfred C. H. Yu (电机电子工程系)
电话: 2857-8482

Project Objectives

To pursue real-world implementation of the outcomes of a student-developed project on household-level mini-hydropower generators that are designed for rural villages in the developing world. In collaboration with CEDARS, we have already established ties with a prominent non-government organization in Thailand, Nam Kham Basin Development Foundation, to work toward introducing our team’s mini-hydropower technologies in under-privileged communities in the Chiang Rai province where access to electricity is limited and the energy needs are largely unmet. Through our effort, we hope to help these communities to meet their energy needs through low-carbon approaches that do not rely on fossil fuels. This would be an important first step for these communities to stride toward sustainable development.



Project Description

In this KE initiative, the Project Coordinator will lead a team of students to carry out a well-defined range of work that involves participatory design, prototype development, performance testing, and real-world dissemination.

We will conduct an exploratory site visit to the targeted worksites in Chiang Rai to solicit feedback from potential local users. This will ensure that our design process will be a participatory one that involves input from all stakeholders and is in line with the aims of knowledge exchange. With the gathered user input, we will develop small-scale working prototypes in Hong Kong to test the performance of our updated design and fine-tune its technical details. Once the prototype development has been completed, we will construct them at the targeted worksites in Chiang Rai in the early summer of 2012 and will train the local residents on its usage and maintenance.



Target Deliverables in 2011/12

In the 2011-2012 academic year, we expect to have completed the implementation of mini-hydropower generators in at least one targeted worksite in Chiang Rai, Thailand. We plan to construct generators of at least 5 kW capacity. Material cost for this part of the work has been included as part of the project budget. We will also organize a public sharing session to raise public interest and promote similar projects in the future.


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