The above pictures are taken from my workshop area in the basement of my house in Boone, NC. I am configuring, fabricating additions to the cabinets, bus bars, battery wiring and circuit breakers for the project at the International Vision Volunteers Clinic in Zimba, Zambia. This prefabrication will save many days of field work. We are awaiting the battery inverters from SMA Germany to complete the shipment being handled by JAARS in Waxhaw, NC.
Kompiam Hospital had been running on 20 KW of solar power with 1600 AHr of batteries for a number of years. The batteries were getting “TIRED” and the hospital had expanded by two buildings – Maternity and Critical Care. PowerQuest WorldWide, installed an additional 80 KW of solar capacity and tripled the Battery inverter power and quadrupled the battery capacity. The system were split between the residences and the hospital. The hospital now has 24 hour power and uses only 25% of the battery capacity. The residences have power from 7 AM to 10 PM each day. Hopefully everybody is sleeping the other hours. The Governor of the providence and delegates from the Australian High Commission came to dedicate the system along with the Critical Care building. They were extremely impressed.
ABWE Karolyn Kemptom Hospital in Tsiko Togo has contacted me to purchase and install a new Digital X-ray Suite. It will be similar to the unit that I installed in Kenya for Tenwek Hospital in Bomet.
World Wide Engineering has asked me to be the electrical consulting engineer on a hydro electrical plant design, purchase and installation of a 400 KW Pelton wheel hydro plant. I have spent many hours and three trips to Germany developing, reviewing drawings, and coordinating the electrical controls for this installation at Mbingo Hospital.
We will start with 50 KW in two ground mounted solar arrays. This will reduce their overall power bill by 30%. If this works out well for them, they will increase the capacity to 150 KW total which should eliminate their electrical power bill.
The International Vision Volunteers Clinic is right next door to the Zimba Mission Hospital in Zambia. The success of that project prompted them to contact me about doing the same type of project for their clinic.
The last piece of the OFF GRID solar power project at Zimba Hospital was to rewire the power distribution panel to include the Maternity, Neonatal, and administration buildings.
As you can easily see from the picture, the electrical distribution system that connects the incoming utility power, the diesel generator set and the output electrical distribution system at the hospital needs significant upgrades.
A project is really never really finished. We will be travelling to Galmi Hospital to complete the additional piping requested to the piped Medical Gas System we installed this past few months. In addition, we will be recommissioning an OUTBACK Power systems Battery Backup system.