US students take power to Tanzanian villages

DEVELOPMENT

|
Image: By Oregon Tech
US students take power to Tanzanian villages

A group of US students will travel to Tanzania next month to install solar energy syatems at a number of village schools and hospitals.

The students, from Oregon Institute of Technology(Oregon Tech), will travel to Tanzania next month to join their professor, Dr. Slobodan Petrovic, where they will install solar energy systems for schools and hospitals. The trip is part of Oregon Tech's BS in Renewable Energy Engineering (BSREE) degree program.

After volunteering in Tanzania in 2009, Dr. Petrovic teamed up with students from Oregon Tech's Department of Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy (EERE) in Portland to help build a sustainable new model for changing the energy outlook in Africa, and provide hands-on experience in the design and installation of renewable energy technology.

"What I always say is that we give these people the gift of light and the gift of communication," Dr. Petrovic says.

Each year since 2010, another batch of 10 students travels to Tanzania to continue Oregon Tech's work providing energy for schools, hospitals and orphanages. This year the students will also take eight laptops allowing villages access to the internet as connections allow.

For the first time this trip, the group will revisit past sites to install equipment invented by last year's seniors that allow monitoring of the solar systems online. The data will allow Dr. Petrovic to ensure the installations stay working.

The humanitarian work also is made possible by donations from Hillsboro-based SolarWorld. SolarWorld has donated 30 panels to the program, and is invested in continuing to help it grow.

"This is about more than simply installing solar panels; it's about facilitating access to education, communications, medical services and clean, safe drinking water," says Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America.

The initial inspiration for the program came about during Dr. Petrovic's 2009 trip to Tanzania, when a terrible accident changed his perspective forever. "There was a girl in the dormitory in one of the schools using a candle hidden under her blanket so she could read," Dr. Petrovic says. "She fell asleep, and her blanket caught fire. Thirteen girls died. I want to prevent these tragedies."

In addition to installing solar panels, this year Dr. Petrovic and his students will build a large solar water pumping project to provide drinking water for a village of 3,000 people on Lake Nyasa.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Airtel supports Mathare slum youth

Airtel is ensuring that over 800 school children get hot meals every day and that 32 teachers receive their monthly salaries. Read More

ENhANCE project improves ICT education in East Africa

Aalto University has launched the ENhANCE project, which has seen them team up with institutions in Ethiopia and Tanzania to provide the technical and educational support that can help address the challenges faced by these countries. Read More

College joins tech world with new courses

New Era College of Arts, Science and Technology has introduced two new degree programmes “to respond to the skills shortage in Botswana’s business economy,” said Gagan Chawlar, the college’s communications person.  Read More

Technology transfer to boost water supply and sewerage services

As part of the African Development Bank’s efforts to increase the transfer of technologies and skills to the African continent, Malinne Blomberg, Chief Financial Analyst in AfDB’s Water and Sanitation Department, joined the wide range of stakeholders including technology providers, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and engineering, procurement ... Read More

Airtel Ghana walks the talk on women’s empowerment

Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyeman – Rawlings with Lucy Quist, MD of Airtel Ghana Airtel Ghana has earmarked March as International Women’s Month under the theme, “Make it Happen!”  Read More

MTN to fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville

MTN says it will fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville nationwide in 2015 as part of its ‘Y'ello 100 libraries for all’ project. Read More

AccessKenya pledges Kes7.2m for ICT in education

AccessKenya Group has earmarked Kes 7.2 million over the next two years to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in the country. Read More

Airtel Kenya supports Murang’a School for the deaf

Bharti Airtel has commissioned new toilet facilities at Murang’a School for the deaf in Murang’a County, Kenya with an aim of improving learning environment for students.     Read More

School children in Nakuru to learn more with Airtel’s Free Internet for Schools programme

Airtel Kenya has connected Koinange Primary School in Nakuru County to the internet for free.  Read More

Orange Kenya in solar lighting partnership

Orange and GreenLight Planet, a US based company that delivers affordable energy to off-grid consumers, have signed a strategic partnership to provide affordable solar lighting to Kenyan homes in areas that have limited access to electricity, through the use of solar lamps with a USB charging mechanism.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

MTN Group Sustainability Report released

MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability ...