Watt for Africa
Organized by: Gregory Edison
For the last two years, the project “Ingenieux Sud” (Ingenious South, www.uclouvain.be/446059.html), in partnership with “Louvain Cooperation” (www.louvaindev.org) and “Engineers Without Borders” (www.isf-iai.be), has proposed technology development projects in third-world countries with the engineering students in their third year at Louvain Engineer School. After a period of selection, it's with pleasure that Aurian d’Avernas, Grégory Edison and Corentin Damman are in charge of the electrification project in Benin, named Watt-For-Africa for more than 8 month now, with a two week mission starting in July. During the year of preparation for their field mission, these three engineering students in electro-mechanics have dealt rigorously and in a determined manner with the technical and social implementation of the project. The goal of the project Watt-For-Africa is a telecommunications relay located in Malanville with the objective of providing a 32-watt electrical feed, 24 hours a day, allowing a reliable telecommunications connection between local administrations.
To be more specific, the development aid is part of a larger project named BJNet, currently installing a telecommunications network comparable to Belnet in Belgium: a network interconnecting universities, schools and research centers with a broadband connection. BJNet, acronym of Benin Internet, was started with the cooperation of the European Union. The purpose is to create optimal development conditions by connecting the components of the beninese administration. This network is based on hertzian connections between the sites of the Abomey Calavi university. This network connects the UAC (Calavi), ENEAM (Cotonou), FSS (Cotonou), ENS (Porto-Novo), IMSP (Dangbo) and UIT (Lokossa).
The management of the project is done in collaboration with the Abomey Calavi University, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The network will be composed of different nodes, including the one at Malanville, in the department of Alibori, and at the border with Nigeria. This small town does not possess a stable electricity supply.
Why fund it ?
Benin suffers multiple power cuts each day, and is thus slowed in its development. By donating to our project, you will provide for a group of electromechanical engineers to establish the first reliable and lasting electric relay device offering an access to the Internet for northern Benin. Once we conclude the mission, the installation will be replicated by other students in other isolated and poor places in Benin and will benefit the entire population. You will be contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in Benin: a politically stable country, full of potential.
For more information, visit our website http://wattforafrica.ingenieuxsud.be or contact us by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need to raise a total of € 1500 to purchase equipment necessary for our facility (we already have the photovoltaic panels):
- regulator-UPS (370 €)
- batteries (430 €)
- case for the installation (115 €)
- structures (300 €)
- importation of the equipment (300 €)
For more information, see
http://wattforafrica.ingenieuxsud.be/ and http://www.bjnet.bj
Other ways to help
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