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Deactivated Opportunities through hydropower - Student Energy

Gombe, Congo (Republic)

Deactivated Opportunities through hydropower - Student Energy

Gombe, Congo (Republic)

Using a hydroelectric power plant, we are building a power supply system for an industrial campus on the Congolese island. The low-cost alternative to uneconomical diesel generators opens up new opportunities for local people.

Lukas Raschendorfer from Student Energy | 
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About this project

Our Vision
Our actions and their worldwide effects are more influential in the globalized world than ever before. In order to enable peaceful coexistence, we believe in the necessity of a world community based on solidarity, mutual respect, responsibility and understanding.

Our goal
Through the cooperation with our international project partners we want to achieve an intercultural exchange at eye level. Our work, paired with the engagement of the local people, opens possibilities for personal development and an improvement in living conditions for the local people. In Austria, we sensitize our members to the unequal distribution of privilege and the mutual interdependencies that exist in our world. 

Our way
In the north of the island of Idjwi in eastern Congo, we are planning to extend a hydropower plant with our project partners in order to expand the local power supply. Affordable access to electricity will strengthen the economic and social development of the region.

Your support
Your donation will contribute to the long-term supply of electricity in northern Idjwi. It flows directly into the project and helps us to finance the necessary construction measures.

Our progress:
After around two years of planning and preparation, we successfully completed the first construction phase from September to December 2018. It included the construction of the machine house, power poles and transmission lines between the hydroelectric power plant and the industrial campus, as well as construction work on the inlet channel and the downpipe to the turbine. The Student.Energy team worked hand in hand with the numerous local workers. The power plant can already supply electricity to a number of businesses that produce juices, soaps, coffee and sunflower oil, for example.

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