This locally made turbine kit and Chinese alternator was designed for the thousands of stone water mills in Afghanistan. Over four thousand crossflow turbines of this design have been installed in Afghanistan. The design was developed and transferred to private Afghan workshops by the International Assistance Mission (IAM).
This locally made Electronic Load Control System (ELC) manages the plant output and keeps the voltage at a set value (220V). Ca 1750 of the ELCs have been built and installed by local workshops. This ELC has a built-in manual over-ride control which adds security for remote plants.
These two "Pamir" turbines produce 65 kW electric power each. They provide 24/7 electricity for cooking, water heating, lights, TV's to over 200 rural families along the Panjshir River. This plant has been operating since January 2009.
TMT (Traditional Mill Turbine) kit placed alongside a functioning stone water mill. Grind wheat and irrigate during the daytime, produce electricity for lighting homes at night, or do all three if the water flow is large enough.
The village community usually provides the labor to build the channel which can be a considerable amount of work.
Remote HydroLight Services
"bringing light to remote places"
Electricity from micro-hydropower is a clean, safe, emission free, renewable energy. With proper development it is reliable, requires low maintenance, and results in a lower cost per kW than other options such as: gasoline, diesel, or wind generators, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, or the environmental damage and/or expense of bringing the grid from afar. Afghan communities can help install, operate, and maintain these power plants. Community participation, self-sufficiency, and the benefits of reliable lights bring pride, stability, and unity to communities. Power can be used for lights, radio, TV, computers, small industry (sewing machines, agricultural processing), and large community water heaters. Especially benefited are women and children who no longer face the smell, smoke, danger, inconvenience, and cost of lanterns. A consistent water supply allows power generation 24 hours/day even when there is no sun or wind. The generating equipment produces low noise and can be built so it is not obstructive or abusive to the environment. Water use is “non-consumptive” in that the water flowing through the turbine returns to the river or stream it originated from and can be reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.
A Remote HydroLight Crossflow turbine was tested at the Waterpower Laboratory of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Tronheim, Norway. The maximum effeciency recorded was 78.6% at the turbine optimum operating point. See announcement.
This prototype Kaplan turbine (pulley protection is removed to show construction) has been testing since February 2010. Production units are now being made for Nangahar Province.
Ten workshops have received training to manufacture the Kaplan turbine