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Electricity is essential to a country’s development. In developing countries such as Ethiopia, connecting to a nation wide grid is incredibly expensive, and energy infrastructure can be a target for conflict and violence. Duncan Lucas is a civil engineering student attending the University of Calgary and he has been working on bringing electricity to energy impoverished communities in Ethiopia for two years now.
He and his team have been designing a solar microgrid for the community of Dangla in Ethiopia. Microgrids are fascinating because they allow small communities or other energy systems that can be isolated, such as recreation centers, churches, and campuses, to generate, transmit, and utilize all of their energy in one place. This episode will go into what exactly a microgrid is, as well as their role in making renewable energy available for all, even those who do not connect to larger scale energy projects. Check out the resources below for more information on this project and ones like it.
HOPEthiopia – http://www.hopethiopia.com/
Strongest Oak Foundation – http://www.thestrongestoak.org/
Duncan’s project website – https://engineeringdesignfair.ucalgary.ca/multidisciplinary/solar-micro-grid-for-rural-ethiopian-village/
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