I have menitioned before the work by IEEE Smart Villages.
I am going to past the last minutes meeting notes and you can see the
global project reports. If interested please contact me directly
Monday March 11 2019
Michael Deering, Dan Estes, Kanjo Etienne, Wayne Gutschow, Dave Kankam,
Farid Khan, Diana Martinez Trejo, Alan Mickelson, Seth Myers, Martin Niboh,
Gerro Prinsloo, Jose Rayas Sanchez (Mexico), Tunde Salihu, Bob Slebodnik,
Xiaofeng Zhang, , Mike Wilson, Ray Larsen (Chair)
Introductions; Bob Selbodnik joined for the first time; he is a recently
retired power engineer with humanitarian project experience looking for a
way to help out. Welcome Bob!
Following Notes by Dan Estes with bits added by Ray:
Mike Wilson, ISV IEEE Staff
On way to Washington DC to meet with World Bank. Large infrastructure
projects and educational tools to be discussed
Budget for2019 being reviewed and balanced. Funding sources being
Power Africa in 2019 Nigeria in August; Tunde is heavily involved.
Tutorial for Microgrids - DESA Ga Tech – offered for use.
II. Michael Deering- Development
a. Meeting with major funder CSR manager
b. Grid Alternatives discussion on American Tribes opportunities . There
are several possible On The Ground (OTG) partners being evaluated.
c. Proposal being made to Zayed Mott? (MD please clarify.)
III. Alan Mickelson- Operations
a. Format for an annual report underway
b. Farid working to get more info for SSC
IV. Ray Larsen - Technology
a. Working on finding multiple suppliers for SunBlazer IV /PBK production
in various parts of the world by end of year; RFP close to release
b. Wayne Gutschow under Nextek to manage program.
c. Management SOW in process of legal review.
d. Building short run of 24 batteries/chargers
e. PBK continues assembly redesign to make it cheaper and simpler
f. Final PBK PC Boards are in final testing – test board in another week
(Alain Riaud, France)
V. Farid Khan India
a. WHEELS – Farid (Water, Health, Energy, Education, Livelihood,
Sustainability) Conference April 5-6th in Gujurat
Agenda, speakers published including Ray on Plenary Panel, Farid as
Farid issued invites to Preethi Jain, Ranjan Sen, others from HAC, SIGHT
Planned pre and post meetings with projects, IEEE people, WHEELS,
proposed project site visit
Partnership discussion goal is to focus on 1-2 pilots with co-investment
to work out details of collaboration model.
Conference media package funded by Dan Estes in process with banner,
VI. Kanjo Etienne – Cameroon
TBF in Cameroon experienced a severe loss of property recently when a
village in a new location was attacked by government troops who torched all
the houses and fled into the forest with some loss of life. The update
report is as follows re: a new location.
TBF has done several trips to the conflict free, French speaking zone of
Cameroon. Meetings have been held with the Chiefs, Officials of the
Ministry of Mines and Power and the Mayor.
A memorandum of Understanding has been drafted between TBF and the
Municipal Council in charge of the villages concerned.
TBF has also built a new MPPA which is more multi-functional and robust
than the first. TBF plans to build and deploy 100 MPPA systems to over 30
villages. Materials for a 6kw power station will be transported to the
village from the 17th of March, 2019.
VII. Tunde Silahu, Nigeria
a. Education project Computers are powered
b. Multiple new initiatives are being pursued with renewed government
c. More details to follow.
VII. Xiaofeng Xiang re: China Smart Village-like initiatives (Exploratory)
a. Recruitment underway for educational support
b. Leveraging existing educational information
c. Meeting in San Francisco coming up with potential donors. Xiaofeng to
send info to Ray.
VIII. Meeting adjourned 08:00 PST ; Next Meeting March 25th same time.
IEEE Toronto SIGHT Chair
On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 10:44 AM Michael J. Oghia <mike.oghia(a)gmail.com>
Something I argued in the 2017 DC3 report is that CNs, by their nature,
have to consider energy and other elements of sustainability within the
design of the network. Energy, however, is but one of the factors involved
in sustainability. I'd love to hear from others who actually deploy
networks, though, to hear what you think.
On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 3:29 PM sivasubramanian muthusamy <
The so called 5G would take the mobile phone technology further high
above as a disproportionately high-energy technology. The Stanford article
seems to focus on "prioritizing and constructing high-energy systems", NOT
on sustainable technologies and NOT on addressing the social costs of the
high-energy mobile phone technology. Is there any research done on the
comparable energy requirements of Community Based Networks? As we are
relatively in the early phases of deploying Community Networks, there is
potential to build energy sustainability in the design of large scale
Sivasubramanian M <https://www.facebook.com/sivasubramanian.muthusamy>
On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 4:07 PM Michael J. Oghia <mike.oghia(a)gmail.com>
I want to share this article
with you all about ending energy poverty and what is needed to address
electrification. I particularly liked this paragraph (emphasis mine):
*"The mobile phone revolution is often cited as an example that can be
replicated for energy. But mobile communications technology actually
exemplifies the need for high-energy systems. Charging phone batteries
accounts for less than 1 percent of the energy required for a smartphone to
operate. The other 99 percent is needed by the wider economy to manufacture
the phone, and to run the cell towers and data centers that enable the
phone to function. The mobile phone is a high-energy technology
masquerading as a low-energy one."*
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