By Casey Callais -- 2012 was a big year for blueEnergy's Water and Sanitation, Hygiene team (WASH), but how big was it? And what's in store for 2013? Here is a quick look at the projects and numbers. But first, some background information.
The Water Situation in Bluefields, Nicaragua:
95% of the population lacks clean drinking water
90% of water sources are hand-dug wells
90% of drinking water sources are contaminated with fecal matter
100% of the population lacks a sanitary sewage system
blueEnergy Donors and Accomplishments:
Good Energies helped provide 51 biosand water filters built and installed
Meal a Day #1 helped provide 10 biosand water filters built and installed
See Your Impact helped provide 10 biosand water filters built and installed
An anonymous corporate donor helped provide 100 biosand water filters built and installed
Meal a Day #2 helped provide an efficiency study of the biosand filters
Ile de France / La Guilde helped provide 100 biosand water filters (built and installed) and 30 baptist wells
Meal a Day #3 helped provide 15 baptist wells
Current blueEnergy Projects:
Ensemble Foundation is helping to provide 38 biosand water filters and 10 wells
FHI / USAID is helping to provide 300 biosand water filters
West Foundation and Meal a Day #4 is helping to provide a study on latrines
CDC Developpement Solidaire is helping to provide 64 biosand water filters and 16 wells
Agence de l'eau Artois Picardie is helping to provide 72 biosand water filters and 24 wells
Adour Garonne is helping to provide 55 biosand water filters, 20 baptist wells and 22 latrines
Foro de Agua is helping to provide 6 wells and 35 latrines
Michelham Foundation is helping to provide 44 biosand water filters
Foundation Artelia is sending an expert to work with our WASH team for three months
Add this all up and check out the amazing impact!
This work equals:
2,129 people with access to filtered water
1,004 people with access to clean wells
468 women and 270 men who have participated in blueEnergy's water and sanitation classes.
It is going to be a busy year for blueEnergy and we are excited to be ramping up our capapcity by bringing on new people and investing in new equipment. You can bet that in 2013 we will double out impact numbers and then some!
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By Pierre Jamault - blueEnergy rendezvoused on October 20th, 2012 in the city of Le Kremlin Bicêtre, close to Paris to host a Wind Turbine Building Workshop. Behind the parking lot we discovered a very well furnished workshop with a dynamic team of volunteers waiting to show us how a wind turbine works by building a small one. After coffee, basics instructions were set up: 1 turbine built by 16 people on 7 workbenches in 2 busy days.
During these two days we had to sand wood, wind copper wire, mold magnets, shape metal and weld it. The explanations of the team were so efficient that we even had enough time to listen the presentation of blueEnergy and its activities by co-founder Guillaume Craig.
The variety of needed tools to build the turbine required some explanation in order to not make any mistakes. Thankfully the instructions and indications given by the volunteers, as well as discussions with the other participants, were really enriching. The meals prepared by our host were also great opportunities for other interesting discussions with the participants and hosts.
|Welding the body|
After all that work and many explanations in a very (too) short weekend, it wasn’t easy to remember everything but the wind turbine mechanism seemed clearer. To sum up: to succeed in wind turbine construction, you have to be a great craftsman, a little bit physician and obviously meteorologist to put it at the good place once it is taken out the workshop.
|Carving the blades|
blueEnergy France organizes 2 windturbine workshops per year (next one on Spring 2013, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details), with a maximum 12 participants, close to Paris. The windturbines are small models (1 meter diameter), based on the Hugh Piggott model. Although they work well, due to their small size and low power, they are used mainly for learning purposes. We gather people from different backgrounds to attend the workshop: students in renewable energies, retired people willing to know more about the windturbines to build one in their garden and individuals willing to spend an unforgettable week end by working for fun!