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Lighting Vulnurable Community by Solar Power: (Nov 10, 2010)

In the donation and support of International Company and National organization the vulnerable and low caste community has been lighted by solar power. The 22 household of Hile Village has got free source of light because the National grid line has not been access.

Improve Cooking Stove research study in UNSW: (Nov 2, 2010)

Suprabhat Basnet a founder member of RECED has got an opportunity to work with a group of engineer student in University of New South Wales (UNSW), to improve the existing improve cooking stove which is currently using in Nepal. A year long study has been conducted by 15 engineer students. An extensive report can be viewed here: view all news

Solar Powered computer by UNSW

Volunteer welcome by Mother Community In February 2008, University of New South Wales (UNSW) 14 photovoltaic engineering students along with one professor Alistair Sproul participated in installing the large solar home system in remote school of Nepal.

The major project undertaken in February 2008 involved installing PV systems in a high school at Borlang-7, a small village about 3 hours bus ride out of Gorkha. This was carried out by a team of engineering students from UNSW. The high school has about 500 students. Like many Nepalese high schools well away from the major cities, only about half the funding required to run the school is provided by the government, the remainder of the budget has to be found locally.

Technical details of the Project:

Technical details of the ProjectThe PV system for powering the computers consisted of four PV panels in parallel (87 W, Kyocera, KC85T). These were roof mounted facing due south at tilt angle of 30° (Fig. 7). Due to the latitude of most of Nepal being ~28° N, a tilt angle of 30° is commonly used. The monsoonal influence on the solar irradiation would actually push optimal tilt angles lower but this is not standard practice and so was not implemented at Borlang-7. The batteries for the computer system consisted of four Trojan, deep cycle 100 Ah batteries in parallel and were charged via a Steca PR3030 charge controller, capable of handling 30 A (Fig. 8). Two smaller PV panels (Kyocera, 40 W) were installed with their own charge controller (Sundaya) and flooded lead acid battery (Volta 95 Ah ), which are connected to twelve 11 W fluorescent lights in 4 classrooms, the staff room, the battery room and the Principal’s office. Shown in Figure 7 is the completed installation of the charge controllers and batteries in the battery room. On the left hand side of the picture, the 600 W inverter can also be seen. This provided AC power for the computers.

Cultural Program

Student performing cultural program The UNSW teams were warmly welcomed and farewelled by the villages of Shanke and Borlang-7. Not many of us have ever experienced anything uite like that before in our lives! On behalf of all the UNSW team members we would like to thank the communities of both Sankhe and Borlang-7 for their wonderful hospitality, for their cultural programs of singing and dancing and for the wonderful meals that you provided for us. Special thanks to Dr Vanu Poudel and everyone involved with the Sankhe project. Also special thanks to Mr. Mukti Dhakal (Principal, Shree Jageshwor Secondary School) and everyone involved with the project at Borlang-7. For all of us who were involved in the projects we will always have many wonderful memories of the people we met and worked with.