Karo Fernandez, SEI Curriculum Developer and Technical Instructor, traveled to the Wema Children’s Centre in Bukembe, Kenya volunteering for Engineers Without Borders Chicagoland Professional Chapter to support improvement efforts for the electrical and water pumping systems. This included solar site assessment and power calculations to shift the existing electrical water pump, currently not operating due to grid failure, to a solar powered system. Additionally, she assessed the site and performed a detailed load analysis with Jorge Marquez, another volunteer, for other potential solar energy back-up systems.
Solar Energy International (SEI), in support of their mission, donated equipment for Karo to take advantage of the opportunity to teach children and young adults about solar energy.
SEI donated a “small charge controller lab” which included a PV module, a SunSaver-10 charge controller, an AGM battery, and several 12 V DC light bulbs.