Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems
The Challenge: Access to Energy for Rural Communities
The Purdue Innovation: Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems
This team is developing a hybrid energy solutions to power off-grid communities in developing countries. The project will work with communities to determine energy needs, and the potential sources for energy (solar, hydro, wind), and will develop an off-grid renewable energy system to power rural African communities. In the annual nine-month rain season, micro-hydropower systems can be used to produce electricity; in the dry season, hybrid wind-solar systems can be used as a complimentary solution. The designed technology, using readily sourced materials, will be transferred to our local partner for further development. It will be an important asset for improving education, quality of life, and outreach to the rest of the world for pursuing sustainable prosperity. In Spring of 2016, the team will work on (a) design and test of digital electrical loading controller for micro-hydropower system and (b) prototype design and test of a new wind-solar hybrid system.
Purdue University, African Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology (ACREST), Western Bakossi Development (WEBDA) (Cameroon)
Jun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, email@example.com
Video: Project overview
Video: Update from 2015 implementation trip