Power Generation Project

Country: Nepal Project Lead: Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Notre Dame Collaborators: College of Engineering

In 2011, the University of Notre Dame’s Civil Engineering Department began a project to develop small-scale power generation to serve local towns and villages in Nepal. In the village of Chitepani, the project conducted an initial assessment and worked with local stakeholders to create a council to develop a plan for installing of a pelton turbine, in addition to a maintenance schedule.

Through use of the turbine, the project delivers spring water to generate power to charge batteries. These batteries are used in portable LED lanterns in villagers' houses for portable, cheap power. The Notre Dame Civil Engineering Department assisted in installing the system and developing a maintenance schedule, and trained the villagers on how to use the lanterns and operate the turbine.