Data Logger for Community Microhydro: the latest test was a success!

The latest test conducted by volunteers from Imperial College London – Engineers Without Borders was a success. The latest prototype of the Data Logger allows SIBAT to monitor the real time performance of the MHP parameters – voltage, frequency, and current — with on-line data update every two minutes. The data that will be collected through the data logger will help SIBAT and the local operator immediately analyze the potential problem of a Microhydro power system, and will do away with the long travel time to inspect the performance of a Microhydro.

The Data Logger is being tested in the 20-year old Gacab Microhydro in Malibcong, Abra province.  SIBAT hopes that the final version of the data logger will be completed next year, for all the areas with MHP to benefit.

Another successful test conducted, together with SIBAT’s CREATech personnel, was on the Microhydro-powered milling machine for households and clusters, intended to be used in the uplands of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).  Said equipment processes a number of crops – rice, corn, coffee, other beans, and rootcrops for flour making.  SIBAT also hopes that the final version of the milling machine will be completed next year so, all the remote areas will benefit from it.

SIBAT had produced the efficient sugarcane press this year, also powered by the Microhydro.

The latest batch of students spent a one month working intensively on these prototypes.  The two prototypes would not be possible without these amazing students, namely Michael McCartney (Mechanical Engineering), Chong Geng Lin (Mechanical Engineering), Marin Teleu (Chemical Engineering) and Thomas Hartley (Electronics Engineering & Computer Science) who served their time and talent for the rural communities of the country.