Team e.quinox would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Merry Christmas and a good 2013! Our team had a great Christmas dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant before our term at university finished. It was a great evening for us to take a break from our busy schedules and catch up with the team!
We also received a lovely message from Clovis Ahishakiye, who was one of the local engineers who helped manufacturing the Izuba.box, our standalone battery box, in Minazi during our summer trip.
I really like your project here. It is quite awesome to see my small quarter called MUNYANA(Minazi) at the evening all blight with the light provided by your organization e.quinox. Previously, we were mainly based on petrol lights or candles for some people, but today it is noted the case due to e.quinox. Moreover, it was so hard to recharge our phones, you can imagine that the people did about 5 kilometres to get to the sector office to recharge their phones because it was there only found electricity along over the whole sector, but now we can use the boxes to recharge.
I would like also to thank you to the training we had. It is of a great importance for us as young and students because it brought us to more improved intelligence. I really promise you to use that knowledge like to repair damaged boxes, like to reinstall solar panels and so on.
At e.quinox, we are glad that we have made a direct impact to people’s lives! If you would like to get involved, it is not too late – click here to find out more!
We are beginning the preparations for the annual January expedition. The team has now been chosen, the oldies Ali Al-Hakim, Ashley Grealish, and a newer member, yet no less important, Saurab Chhachhi.
Ali is our Head of Expedition & Events and has been involved with e.quinox two years ago. As part of the Hydro electrical team, he took part in designing and implemented the system in our Nuruguru kiosk.
Ashley is 4th year studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering student and has been working hard in several technical teams, including battery box, stand alone and data logging teams.
Saurab just joint e.quinox in October and as an 2nd year EEE student, he has been studying the complicated datalogging system and researching for potential improvements for the next generation. Having Saurab on the trip not only allow him to have a new and exciting experience, but also provide e.quinox an opportunity as an organisation to pass on skills and expertise to the new generation of members.
The objective of this trip will be collecting product usage from our energy kiosks and standalone solution, carrying maintenance work at our Hydro Kiosk to improve performance and safety at the site. The team will also try to begin opening discussion about the future activities of e.quinox in Rwanda such as the hope to implement a distribution line.
e.quinox is excited to be part of the London Climate Forum 2012.
The London Climate Forum will be the UK’s largest student-led conference on climate change and sustainability. The conference has a clear aim to bring the decision-makers of today together with the decision-makers of tomorrow. Through a range of talks and workshops led by figures from across academia, business, government, media, science and campaigning we are hoping to inspire attendees to take action on climate change and sustainability. The conference will showcase innovation and creativity emerging in this field, encouraging world class graduates to pursue related careers.
The conference is co-ordinated by Imperial Hub, part of the wider student-led network Student Hubs. Student Hubs co-ordinates events such as the renowned ‘OxFID’ conference (oxfid.org) on international development and the internationally attended ‘Emerge’ conference (theemergeconference.org) on social enterprise.
We will be participating in a quickfire session on Sunday with 3 other projects.
For more information and tickets, please visit the London Climate Forum website - http://www.londonclimateforum.org/
After two years of design work, this summer saw three e.quinox team members, who are civil engineering students from Imperial College, travelled to Rwanda in order to construct a hydro electric power station serving two villages. The short talk will give an insight into the engineering, cultural and financial challenges faced as we constructed e.quinox first hydro project. Come and find out more about our involvement, hear stories from our trip and find out how you can get involved in future projects.
Date: Monday 29th October 2012
Time: 6pm start till 8pm
Venue: Room 164, Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London.
Snacks and drinks afterwards during the Q&A session.
The e.quinox summer team will also be there to talk about other engineering experiences after presentation.
Please click "Join" on our Facebook event! - https://www.facebook.com/events/483535538347049/
Manufacturing of the new standalone boxes has begun in Minazi for the past week.
Initial survey shows the boxes are very popular - the signup list for the products already far exceeds the number of boxes due to be produced, with most of those signed up already paid the deposit to reserve a box. Whilst manufacturing the boxes, we have also started a very small trial of 8 customers to test the boxes. The testing has been quite successful with very good feedback. One of the trial customers runs a small restaurant in Minazi and now, for the first time, has light in both the bar section and the dining section of his building. It is certain that our boxes will help his business and is a very nice example of the impact we are having in rural areas.
We have also learnt many lessons and discussed many future improvements with the test customers and other people in the village. For example, in the next generation, we would like to add an output for powering an FM radio and also use the LCD screen on the boxes to display a clock when it is not being used to enter a payment code for the box. We also aim to redesign the electronics to make the final assembly easier, we will do this by mounting the USB and DC outputs straight on the PCB rather than on wires and screwed into the back of the wood.