Hybrid Power for Rural Community Capacity Building

Purdue University

The Purdue Micro-Hydropower team, in collaboration with an African group proposed to: (a) design a hybrid renewable energy system, combining hydropower with other types of renewable energy, capable of reliably providing at least 30 kW to the 50 households of the community of Bangang, Cameroon throughout the year; (b) locally fabricate, implement, and evaluate the designed system with the guidance and assistance of the technicians at ACREST; and (c) create an open-source knowledge center, in the form of both an online and a physical database, for the support of rural communities interested in replicating similar systems.

Student team wins Ford grant to further work on a hybrid renewable energy system Oct. 8, 2014