Friday, October 21, 2011

Sabah villagers harness power of river water

PENAMPANG: Though their village remains inaccessible by road, 400 villages of Kampung Buayan on the Crocker Range here are enjoying round-the-clock power supply.

The electricity is not only free but is produced in a pollution-free way by harnessing the power of a nearby river.

                                Versatile: The power house incorporating the mini-hydro system.

This mini-hydro system was launched by Penampang MP and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, on Monday.

Having power supply means so many things to so many people here. Schoolgoing children are now able to study at night and use a computer at home,” said Robert Gubal, 33, headmaster of the village’s only primary school which has 53 pupils.

Kampung Buayan chief John Sabating, 45, said the system was capable of generating up to 10 kilowatts of electricity. The villagers no longer needed to rely on kerosene lamps and small generators that used expensive petrol, he said.

“The system also means there is no longer a need to carry fuel from Donggongon town, which required a three-hour walk and a hour’s ride on a four wheel drive,” he added.
 Village technology: Dompok (right) being briefed about the system by Pacos Trust member Adrian Lasimbang (left).

The villagers built the system with help from Raleigh International volunteers and technical support from local NGOs namely Partners in Community Organisation, Tonibung and Jaringan Orang Asal seMalaysia.

Danish International Development Agency (Danida) contributed RM250,000 for the system that cost RM450,000. Another RM100,000 was contributed by Dompok and Moyog state assemblyman Donald Mojuntin.

Pacos Trust president Dr Felix Tongkul said the Kampung Buayan mini-hydro system was the fifth to be supported by Pacos, with the earlier ones being built in Long Lawen, Belaga and Bario Asal in Sarawak and Kampung Terian and Kampung Bantul in Sabah.

The system produces electricity via a small turbine with an electronic load controller for stability and safety.

The project included enrichment planting and mapping to ensure sustainability of the water resource that ran the system. Dr Felix said the system incorporated a rice mill and an irrigation system as well.

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Pre Project Activities

Minihydro power for fourth remote village

Another story on the opening ceremony of our 4th community micro hydro in Pensiangan and 12th in Malaysia in the Boreno Post.. see link below

Bank brightens lives of 200 with hydropower

By Kristy Inus

PENSIANGAN: It used to be annoying for pupils in the remote Kampung Nabawan, near here, to study as they were disturbed by the sound but the noisy generators have since been replaced.About 200 people from 25 homes here can now lead brighter lives thanks to a 3kW micro hydropower generator.Located about five hours' drive from Kota Kinabalu and an hour's boat ride, the riverine village has become the latest remote area in the district to be powered with renewable energy.This is the result of a successful collaboration between the non-governmental organisations, corporate sector and the rural communities there.

The RM89,000 project was funded by CIMB Bank through the CIMB Foundation that channels grants to projects under its Community Link initiative.The project took 10 months to complete in a gotong-royong manner by community members, who received technical support from indigenous people-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), namely Tonibung, the Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (Joas) and Pacos Trust.

Nabawan assemblyman Datuk Bobbey Suan said one of the immediate beneficiaries of the project were children."They can now enjoy a more conducive environment at home to study under better lighting and without the annoying loud noise of a diesel-powered generator set," said Bobbey, who is also Sabah assistant minister of agriculture and food industry, during the launch of the programme.

Project coordinator Adrian Lasimbang said having renewable energy as their source of power had relieved villagers of a heavy financial burden.Previously, they were generating electricity to their homes using generator sets with fuel costs between RM200-RM300 monthly, which was rather an expensive amount for a community of traditional fishermen and farmers."Now, instead of spending money on fuel, they can generate some extra income."Renewable power allows them to keep their fish fresh. They can now fetch a higher price at the local market," said Adrian, who is also the climate change workgroup expert in Joas.

Adrian was previously involved in the setting up of micro hydropower system in three other communities along the Pensiangan River -- namely at Kampung Bantul, Lumpagas and Inakaak.He hopes to replicate similar projects in areas still too remote from the power grid.To date, only about 30 per cent of areas in Pensiangan district is connected to the electricity grid.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Projek Mikro Hidro Komuniti

video Pendek pembinaan mikro hidro di Kg. Inakaak Daerah Pensiangan Sabah

Micro Hydro Project Video

A short Video done by our Intern from Green Empowerment. just to give some background on the whole micro hydro initiative that we started over 10 years ago

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Renewable Energy on the TOP of Borneo

My latest Renewable Energy Project
Harnessing nature's energy at the World Herritage Site
Recently (12-17th September 2011) we installed microsolar solar water heater at Pendant hut, Labanrata Mt. Kinabalu for Mountain Torq Sdn. Bhd. the operator of the world's highest Via Feratta. Highest effciency solar water heater in the world for the highest via ferrata in the world... how about that! .. double world class
During the installation the weather is VERY cold 8-9 deg cel (for someone coming from the tropics) but still the Microsolar can heat water up to 55 deg cel. its steaming hot in this altitude (3,300 m Asl)

Apart from installing 2 units of high efficent evacuated tube Microsolar solar water heater, we also installed 800watt peak of Solar PV to provide electricity for essential loads at Pendant Hut. Solar PV will be combined with small Pico Hydro system as a Solar-Hydro Hybrid in later Phase.
This is the Solar Hydro Main controll panel designed and build by me. The KWh meter will track how much RE power have contributed to the operations of Pendant Hut.
This time rain was very heavy.. swelling up all the usually unseen rivers up in the mountain. in this condition its not safe to install the hydro turbine. too bad we have to KIV the installation of the Pico Hydro system.. anyway a good opportunity to get back up Mt Kinabalu.
The Pico Hydro trubine and its components on "shelf" till the next phase.. when weather is better. once the Solar Hydro Hybrid is commisioned.. pendant Hut will be Autonomous from the ever failing SESB utility Grid at Lanbanrata. Labanrata experiance 4-5 Grid blackouts a day!
More to come.. stay tuned

Saturday, August 13, 2011

UMS Solar Wind Hybrid Demo Unit

Base for stay cabled monopole for wind Turbine

Installing Monopole

Installing turbine Blades

Installing solar panels. Dr Jedol from School of Scince and Technology also helping

The completed Demo unit at UMS SST.. Group of students, Lecturers and volunteers posing for the occasion. Estimated Cost RM10,000. Turbine and panels donated by ERA WIRA Sdn. Bhd

Power To The People

Power to rural folks via micro-hydro system


A micro-hydro system that is environment-friendly and requires the participation of the villagers is generating waves in rural Sabah and Sarawak.

IMAGINE if you will, a small village in the remotest part of Sabah, where there are no roads and where the villagers are almost cut off from the outside world.

Now imagine if you lived in this community and your only source of electricity is a diesel generator, and you have to go on an arduous eight-hour trek through rough terrain to get your weekly supply of diesel.

This place actually exists, and it is called Kg Terian, 25km from Penampang and a five-hour walk from Crocker Range Park. But the villagers there do not have to endure the back-breaking ordeal of carrying diesel through the hilly landscape anymore, thanks to a 200-year-old technology

Through the enterprise of an engineer self-taught in this technology, as well as the efforts of various NGOs, a wave of change has come to Sabah and Sarawak.

Adrian Lasimbang showing a turbine which he assembled in his workshop. ‘There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the smiles of the people when their village is lit up.’

It all started in 1999 in Long Lawen, an extremely remote village in upper Bakun, Sarawak. There are 70 households living there, and access to the village is via a logging road seven hours from the Bakun Dam. The villagers were among those displaced by the Bakun Dam project and told to relocate to a settlement. But they defied the eviction order and returned to their ancestral land.