After two years of planning and design undertaken by the e.quinox hydro team, the realisation of a fully operational pico hydro powered battery box distribution scheme is finally complete. This project saw students from the disciplines of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering come together in order to deliver the hydro project over three months during the summer of 2012. The pico hydro system has a potential to generate up to 6KW of electricity.
Phase A of the project was completed in September 2012, the following year will see our team plan and design for the next phase of the project which aims to capture the full power output of the system as well as construct a distribution line to a local school.
Project Phase B: September 2012 – September 2013
- Installation of 6KW bespoke twin jet pelton turbine and spear valves.
- Construction of 2km distribution line from kiosk to local primary school.
- Installation of lighting and laptop charging equipment at primary school.
- Transfer battery box charging system from kiosk to the school building.
- Installation of bespoke e.quinox hydro controller for pico hydro systems.
- Distribution of a further 120 battery boxes into local community.
- Installation of full e.quinox data logger system in order remotely measure status of the civil, mechanical, and electrical system.
e.quinox has had the privilege to work with some extraordinary partners and industrial sponsors on this scheme. The project has been generously funded by the IEEE presidents change the world foundation, general electric have provided additional resources and research grants, Hilti provided specialist tools and equipment, whilst KIER provided personal protective equipment in order to keep our team and employees safe during the construction process. E.quinox would like to thank all those involved in making this project the success that it has become and we look forward to working with our partners in the future. This project was a collaborative design between e.quinox and Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (DHE) of Dartmouth College, USA. Since our organisations meeting whilst on the ground in 2010 it was decided that our mutual interest in Rwandan hydro power should allow us to collaborate on a pico hydro scheme. The last two years have seen our two organisations work together whilst at our respective institutions in order to complete the preliminary design work for this pico hydro project. Our first meeting was in Rwanda just days before the commencement of construction.