Off to Malawi to try out the rope pump
I'm all ready to go to Malawi to test my prototype solar powered rope pump. The Institute of Mechanical Engineers has given me a small grant towards my travel expenses, while SolarAid will be providing the materials. Upon arrival, I will visit PumpAid, which specialises in rope pumps, to get their feedback on rope pump technology and how to integrate it with a solar system. SolarAid met with PumpAid 18 months ago when we first started developing this project. We're also in touch with WaterAid to find out about their experience of what works and what doesn't.
Once in Malawi, I'll have to find a test site. It looks like Mzuzu University, where one of SolarAid's local trustees is Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy, will be able to help. I'll then build the solar powered rope pump next to a well and test it for pumping water. So if you'd like to support me in my endeavours - as we still need some funds for the cost of the materials - please do donate to this project.
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