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University of Calgary (2018)

Sustainable Energy Development of an Off-Grid Village in Burkina Faso

Barr, Lucas

Titre : Sustainable Energy Development of an Off-Grid Village in Burkina Faso

Auteur : Barr, Lucas

Université de soutenance : University of Calgary

Grade : MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) 2018

Résumé
Clean and affordable energy is a key aspect for the sustainable development of many emerging nations around the world. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, only 3% of the population has access to electricity. To support Burkina Faso’s energy genesis, our team is developing an off-grid, solar power plant (‘Power-Hub’) in the village of Pâ. The Power-Hub is being developed by the Calgary based not-for-profit ‘The Strongest Oak’ and will supply electricity to support a small-scale shea butter processing Woman’s Co-operative. My research investigates the realistic energy demand to support select mechanisation processes for shea butter harvesting. The results indicate that decentralized solar power can provide enough tangible power to support mechanization, increase production and lessen the burden of a labor-intensive production process. My project provides integral information for the overall design of the Power-Hub and will support the greater initiative of ‘The Strongest Oak’ in West Africa.

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