Plans for May trip to Ringmo to repair the In-stream turbine are on going. Also planning for repair of existing solar panels in Chunawar and Pugmo. Namdo and Karang projects are still on schedule for September installations
Himalaya Studies Conference at Yale. Incredible exposure to studies throughout the Himalaya. Environment, Health, Ecology, Economy, Politics, Culture, Arts, you name it all aspects of Tibetan life were discussed. Great stuff!
Dolpo Heath Conference. Hep B epidemic in Eastern Dolpa is a problem. Need for a unified healthcare strategy, a primary Health Care Center in Dho and NGO coordination is needed. Amchi training with Western medicine techniques will be started
We been talking with One Heart World Wide about expanding some of our power projects to include powering their birthing centers in Saldang, and Ringmo. We may also participate in helping transport and supply power to their new centers being considered in Bhijer and Charka.
CBIA has launched the active fund raising campaign for the Namdo and Karang projects. We are investigating the feasibility of a biogas/greenhouse project for the Tapriza school. Also, discussions are ongoing with regard to purchasing an O2 concentrator for Upper Dolpa. Click on the link below to see our project video for last years project in Saldang.
After the Great Earthquake there is so much to do for Nepal. We did support an airlift of Tapriza students out of Kathmandu to return to Dolpa for Yarsha Gumba season since schools in KTM were closed by the earthquake. However, we feel it is more important then ever to continue our work in Dolpa. Dolpa is normally neglected, and with the problems associated with the earthquake, Dolpa will fall further down the priority list in government support. Therefore our projects for Namdo and Karang are going to be completed by October of 2015, and we will also take excess solar panels and put them in the Bon Temple in Ringmo. Lastly, we have decided to purchase a next generation 5 kW New Energy In-stream turbine for the Tapriza School. This will eliminate the need for wood for cooking for the 200 students that are boarded at the school throughout the acedemic year. This power will also be available when the internet comes to remote areas... it will come someday we hope!
We hope to have our new project for a hybrid system selected after the NGO conference in Kathmandu on March 8-9th. We'll keep you posted and our In-stream system is on schedule for a May install in Ringmo!
Derek and I will leave for KTM and bring over some extensions for the Ringmo turbine to let it work during low water season. Also we will bring a new charge controller for the Saldang turbine so the battery system will perform better. Additionally we will check on the systems in Chunuwar and the Ringmo Gumba to see how they are holding up. While in KTM we will test the RAM (Infinity pump) with our friends at the WWF and see if there are applications for this in the field.
Our team visited the Ringmo In-stream turbine just after the weld failure. It provided us a hands on assessment of the failure and a true corrective action pathway for May 2015. While there we visited the Tapriza school and Amchi. We hope to arrange a deal to incorporate the under utilized solar panel array next to the Amchi for use in the One Heart Birth Center. This will provide ample power. While in Saldang, the Birth Center there was direct connected to the Shelri Drukdra grid. Also we evaluated the Namdo and Karang schools for power systems to be developed and built by the Hartford students in the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's education program.
After a successful trip to Dolpa this fall we have set the stage for our future projects coming this spring to Dolpa. Our secondary site survey of the Phoksundo/Ringmo In-stream 5 kW project confirmed the water conditions are suitable for our March/April installation and hook up to the village of Ringmo. The unit will be an In-stream unit donated by our good friend Lynn Tessier. It will utilize a New Energy Turbine, and be run of the river, have minimal environmental impact on the river and surrounding environment. No dams, no cement, no river deviation!
This winter we also hope to complete the "Ascension Pump II" design and fabrication. It will incorporate enhancements and design improvements that will increase our performance of the pump. We hope to be providing this second generation pump to areas in need of running water for both hygiene and irrigation. Our plan is to make this progressive cavity pump very affordable. The key to making this work is that it requires only the kinetic energy of the stream to function.
We will be monitoring our Saldang and Pugmo projects this winter to make sure our systems are as robust as we hope. If the Saldang unit performs as advertised, we hope to plan for some modified units to be deployed in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!
We attended several functions in October celebrating the Saldang project. The children of Saldang and the students at Hartford Public High school all came out winners. Check out the video made by CBIA on Youtube. If the link does not work, just cut and paste it to your browser!
George Schaller, Alex Matheissen (Peter's Son) Beth Wald and our team will retrace the Snow Leopard journey for about 5 weeks. In addition we will check on our three power units in Upper Dolpa, and install smaller units for the school in Komas and one at Shey Gumba. We will also check on the Chunawar power unit, and repair the turbine blades that we damaged this spring. Justin Boals will join me from New Energy. This may be a very busy, but inspiring journey! The rains have been heavy so the journey up may be challenging. We will also check on the progress on the New Prayer Wheel in Ringmo that we helped support.