Indigenous Technology and Renewable Energy

A group of local scientist and inventors has come up with a design of a hydro-electric power plant that can generate up to 3MWatts of electricity which will be very useful for the riverine communities of Bayesla State of Nigeria.

The idea is to construct an over-head reservoir and water is pumped from the abundant rivers and creeks of the Niger Delta region and then run through turbines again. After the initial pumping by either a diesel and gasoline powered pump, the electricity generated can pump water to run itself.

Currently, the Bayelsa State government has agreed to partner with them.

Interested person can contact me.

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Comment by Gordon Monday Bubou on May 2, 2009 at 7:12am
Thank you Dave. If you understand the terrain of the Niger Delta where Bayelsa State is situated, with some of the communities being virtually surrounded by water and when viewed upon the backdrop of transmitting power from the nearest power source, then the cost of maintenance of the transimission lines. I think that it still might be the cheapest alternative available to the people.
However, could you please, tell me more about animal power?
Comment by Dave Harcourt on May 1, 2009 at 2:54pm
Surely not energy for free. Pumped storage works by using cheap off peak electricity to lift the water. Maybe other energy could be used to lift the water eg animal power,

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