South—South knowledge transfer on micro-hydro

ITDGPractical Action South Asia, together with Centre for Energy Studies, Nepal, organised a two week training programme to enhance the skills of the Sri Lankan micro hydro turbine manufacturers under the SARI Energy programme. The training was held from 7th to 19th November 2004 at the Center for Energy Studies, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal.

After identifying there are serious quality problems in the micro-hydro systems that are being fabricated and installed in the recent past, ITDGPractical Action worked with the manufacturers and the professionals in the sector to identify the reasons for this draw back and develop strategies to handle the situation. In a further study carried out by ITDGPractical Action it was found that during the manufacturing process some of the practices of the manufactures are not acceptable on fabrication and installation of very sensitive components. Non-usage of proper tools, jigs and fixtures contribute largely to the poor performance of these components. Wrong methods of fabricating such as welding instead of bolting, sand casting instead of dye casting have contributed largely to the final quality of the product. The training is deigned based on these findings.

A group of 13 manufacturers and engineers participated in this training programme.

Speaking at the certificate distribution ceremony, Anthony Carvailho of USAID/Nepal said that the training, as per SARI/Energy programme, was an example of good South-South cooperation.

Professor Jagan Nath Shrestha, director of CES/IOE/TU, said the theoretical and practical training, including field visits to Tikha Dhunga, Kaski, were very useful to the participants.

Dr. B. B. Ale, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, emphasised that the cost of electricity should be brought down by reducing losses and efficient management.

Winrock International Nepal country director Bikash Pandey said that energy and environment were closely related. He also mentioned that efforts should be made on exchange of information between Sri Lanka and Nepal so that resources can be used in an optimum way.

Speaking of behalf of the participants, Rohita Ananda from ITDGPractical Action South Asia said that the participants were very happy to learn technical details of crossflow, which is new for Sri Lankan manufacturers

Micro-hydro Power Turbine Manufacturing for Sri Lankan Manufacturers

November 7 - 19, 2004
Kathmandu, Nepal

Organised and supported by ITDGPractical Action-South Asia
Sponsored by USAID / Winrock - SARI/Energy (www.sari-energy.org)
Prepared by Centre for Energy Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

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