Wind Turbine Project
SEEHD has collaborated with the Municipality of Tela, Honduras, to develop a closure plan for the solid waste disposal site that serves the city, this is in addition to the continual support of the Municipality's wastewater treatment system. In January 2009 a report was submitted that recommends the closure of the existing dump and the design of a new sanitary landfill that would be feasible and sustainable for the Municipality to operate and maintain. The rigorous design and implementation process ensures the viability, sustainability, and long-term functionality of the project. Each student is encouraged to become comprehensive, responsible, and accountable in their work.
This water pump can have relevance in any developing community as it will be made of low-cost materials, light weight, and easily repaired. This project is especially unique because the turbine can be easily transported, assembled, and disassembled all by one person; this allows isolated areas access to fresh water. Functional and sustainable design can be crucial to developing communities where electricity is unreliable; often inadequate power grids, the rising cost of petroleum, and severe weather all have a hand in poor power supply.
The wind turbine project gives undergraduate engineering students an opportunity to participate in valuable and meaningful research, and it allows them to gain skills in designing technologically appropriate solutions for developing communities. This project demonstrates that SEEHD not only avails itself to sustainable energy solutions but also creates them.