Canadian Professors Bring Hydroelectricity to Rural Nepal
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Micro (or small-scale) hydroelectricity has been an initiative in rural Nepal for several years, beginning with the project of Ruma Khola Micro Hydro Power Plant. The plant uses hydroelectricity from the nearby Kalung Khola River, an untapped mine of energy like so many other rivers in Nepal.
Known for its rough and rocky terrain, Nepal is home to what the World Bank estimates is 83,000 megawatts of potential hydro electricity. The Ruma Khola Power Plant was originally used for providing electricity to the town of Rhangkhani, but now produces enough excess to power other towns as well.
Recently, two University of Calgary professors teamed up with Nepalese villagers to start a micro-hydroelectric project in a rural town to provide clean electricity. Electricity in the village was previously generated by the burning of a resinous pine which creates an acrid smoke harmful to the lungs. The new clean energy project has been given $100,000 funding from Grand Challenges Canada, and will provide villagers electricity which will promote a healthy environment.
The two professors, Dr. Nowicki and Dr. Wood have developed a device called a distributed load controller, which allows for excess water to be used towards heating houses. The professors are already in talks to bring 50 of their device prototypes to village homes in Nepal by the end of December.
Source: University Affairs