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Installation of grid-connected PV-system with backup batteries in Padre Pio hospital.

In the village of Ajuafo in Ghana (also known as Adwafo) are living about 3500 people. To meet their daily need of water, all of them depend on only one electricity-driven and one old manual water pump.  Due to the high demand for water and the poor supply, many of the villagers are forced to collect water out of heavily polluted rivers. They have no choice but to either have the children queue at one of the water pumps or to drink polluted river water. This is the reason why many children in the rural areas of Ghana can’t go to school.

The hospital in Douala depends for their electricity supply on the national grid powered by Eneo.
However, the power supply is not very reliable, at the longest they go three days with a continuous
supply. Interruptions in power can span over several days. There is an emergency generator to
compensate for these power outages, but the generator can only run for a few hours at a time
before it overheats.

The objective of this project is to supply the hospital with reliable power for their most essential equipment, two analyzers and a microscope, and for lights in the rooms. The goal is to be able to deliver power during a blackout for up to at least 24 hours. Besides that, the power quality will be improved to extend the lifespan of the medical appliances and to avoid damage and the safety of the circuit will be evaluated and improved if necessary.

This project is in cooperation with LUMOS, an organization from UZ Leuven that strives for the
sustainable development of health care in African countries like Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Cameroon
or Benin. They try to achieve this through organizing training for local doctors and health
professionals and the transfer of knowledge and medical equipment. Their main goal with this
project is to ensure that the necessary medical equipment can always be used to provide a constant
and reliable healthcare and that the electric equipment doesn’t get damaged by the fluctuating
electricity supply.

Matthieu Jacobs

Student

Niels Descamps

Student

Charlotte Vandenberghe

Student

Emiel Van Vlaenderen

Coach

Willem Lambrichts

Technology Manager

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