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Challenge Small-scale River Turbines for the Peruvian Jungle
Small-scale River Turbines for the Peruvian Jungle
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 433
Posted: Jan 11 2010
Challenge ID: 9096744
 
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Abstract
A design is required for a robust and easy to assemble river turbine producing 6 kWh per 24 period of operation from a river flowing at approximately 1 meter per second. The turbines are for platform-mounted use on the rivers of the Peruvian jungle. The power produced will be used to electrify Peruvian villages, schools and medical centers. It is part of the Global Giveback Innovation Challenge Set.
Overview
Lack of electrification is a significant problem for villagers in the Peruvian jungles. Rivers provide a readily available source of clean, renewable hydroelectric power only if robust and efficient turbines can be constructed and maintained using locally available materials. Factors limiting turbine use included: variable river depth; flow rates sometimes less than 1meter per second; difficulty in sourcing specialist equipment and spare parts for turbine construction and maintenance.

This Challenge is enabled through funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. It is part of the Global Giveback Innovation Challenge Set.
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