Wind power for Tanzania – Engineers Without Borders, KTH
Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Meet Christina Merkai, she and her team are working with Engineers Without Borders KTH, Sweden to bring electricity solutions to Angai Secondary School, Liwale district, Tanzania! If you find this project interesting,you can donate a small amount on their crowdfunding campaign page https://chuffed.org/project/wind-power-for-tanzania. You can also follow their journey on the webpage and facebook page of “Engineers without borders KTH” or send them an email at email@example.com.
Author : Christina Merkai
Can you imagine your life without electricity? According to the World Economic Forum, up to 75% of the Tanzanian population nowadays lives without access to electric grids. The problem is even more significant in the rural areas of the country, where the percentage increases to more than 95%. Living without access to electricity has many negative impacts in the development of the local communities, since the economic and educational activities are limited. Furthermore, the evening dark hours can be extremely unsafe and dangerous, especially for women and children. Apart from the social and economic impacts, the lack of power can cause important health and environmental issues due to the use of firewood, kerosene lamps and candles for cooking and lighting.
"Our project aims to change this reality starting from a rural school"
“Wind power for Tanzania” is a non-profit project, which emerges out of the need to foster welfare in regions that lack essential resources in terms of energy poverty, taking advantage of technological knowledge in order to forward feasible, sustainable and reliable solutions.
Its main objective is to provide sustainable electricity supply to rural communities in Tanzania by means of integrating a small-scale capacity hybrid system based on renewable energy sources. The system is composed of a simple, easy to maintain wind turbine, solar panels and storage array, which together create a reliable and long-lasting energy supply.
The project is driven by Engineers Without Borders at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (Ingenjörer utan gränser). At the moment, a potential cooperation with students from the University of Dar Es Salaam is under discussion and it is something we are all really looking forward to. With their help, the project will provide electricity to the Angai Secondary School at Liwale district, in the Lindi region of Tanzania this summer. The school has built two dormitories for its female students, which, however, have no electricity yet.
It is worth mentioning that the present scope of Wind power for Tanzania is based on the first edition of the program, which successfully implemented a hybrid energy system in Wembere village in July 2017.
Our mission is to pave the way towards a promising sustainable future within the battle against absence of essential resources in developing countries such as Tanzania, as well as spreading knowledge to local communities, motivating their participation in similar projects and stimulating awareness in the field of renewable resources.
If you share the same values with us and you want to support our project, you can donate a small amount on our crowdfunding campaign page https://chuffed.org/project/wind-power-for-tanzania. You can also follow our journey on the webpage and facebook page of “Engineers without borders KTH” or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s build a sustainable future together!
Key words: windpower, renewableenergy, sustainablefuture