From The Collaboratory
The Energy Group has been a foundational part of the Collaboratory since its beginnings. With approximately ten years of experience in solar power technology and the beginnings of a great program being laid in biodiesel technology, this group is earnestly working towards making great strides in the development of effective and sustainable solutions for a world facing many anxieties regarding energy resources. On an organizational level, this group plans to accomplish their goals through partnerships around the world, an approach to projects that demands both diligence and excellence, and a strong desire to be learners and servants to others.
To design, implement, maintain and promote energy technologies that are sustainable, renewable and reliable and show respect for God's creation.
Transforming and improving lives through the use of appropriate energy solutions.
Fall 2013: The Energy Group is excited for a new semester to work on projects. Below is a brief update of each project:
- The Biodiesel project continues to make biodiesel and is hoping to make biodiesel more consistently.
- The KWHR Meter team is gearing up for a site team trip to Burkina Faso in May 2014, hoping to deliver version 2 of the meter.
- The Solar PV team is working on a proposal for a new project involving designing and implementing solar systems for refugee camps in Africa.
- The TEG Project will move towards implementation of a system to improve air quality of cook-stoves through powering a fan with the excess heat.
- A new project regarding the creation of briquettes for cooking is being started. A wiki page will be created in the near future.
- The Energy Group will meet in Frey 150 from 6:45pm until 7 or 7:30pm every Monday after Collab Chapel.
- Individual project meetings will follow the group meeting, typically ending at 8 or 8:30 pm.
- A possible opportunity for Energy to work with solar power and education at a new school in Liberia.
- A possible opportunity for Energy to work with solar water pumping in Kenya.
- An opportunity to provide water for cattle and agriculture at the bible school in Niendouga, Burkina Faso. (Also a possible opportunity for Collaboration with the Water group.)
- This project proposes to assist Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg, PA, with energy conservation, energy management, and the wise use of renewable sources of energy.
- This project proposed to develop and implement a sustainable solar energy solution to the electricity needs of the clinic and dispensary (referred to as the CSPS) in Piela, Burkina Faso.
The following projects have not been completed, but are currently on hold for a variety of reasons:
- This project intends to supply electricity from solar sources to the Theological College of Zimbabwe. (It is on hold pending additional funding and project personnel, as well as greater political and social stability in Zimbabwe.)
- This project intends to replace electrical powered water heaters used at the TCZ campus with solar water heating units in order to reduce electrical use on the campus by use of renewable energy methods. (It is on hold pending additional funding and project personnel, as well as greater political and social stability in Zimbabwe.)
The following projects have been completed, but most require some form of ongoing maintenance:
- This project installed a solar pavilion outside of Frey to power a computer lab in Frey. It also included a solar demonstration cart that was sold to the Oakes Museum for demonstration.
- This project was intended to install hot water heaters for TCZ. It included a site trip to Zimbabwe to survey potential projects at the Theological College of Zimbabwe.
- This project designed and installed a solar electric power system to supply electricity for lighting and medical equipment at the maternity clinic in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso. (See also Mahadaga Clinic Battery Replacement.)
- This project designed and installed a solar powered deep-well pump in order to provide clean drinking water to the maternity clinic in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso.
- This project installed a solar electric system at the Handicap Rehabilitation Center in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso.
- This project designed and installed a solar powered deep-well pump in order to provide clean drinking water to the Handicap Rehabilitation Center in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso.
- This project implemented solar energy for missionaries in Mozambique
The following projects were begun by the Energy Group, but responsibility for completion was later transferred to other organizations:
- This project proposes to implement a solar energy system to provide electricity to the bible school and surrounding buildings in Nindangou, Burkina Faso.
- This project was aimed at developing an adequate alternative energy source to provide power to a missions site in Haiti.
- This project, with a partnership with Advanced Solar Industries (ASI), installed a solar PV array in Haiti over the summer of 2012. Ride Solar was a fundraising event coordinated by ASI in Lancaster in the Fall of 2011 to fund the project.
- This project began looking into ways to address the hot water needs of the Theological College of Zimbabwe. Testing was done on a flat-plate solar water heater and the results were presented during the Student Scholars Expo in Spring 2010 at Messiah College.
- List of roles and responsibilities of current Energy Group members
- List of past Energy Group members
For documentation about a specific project, visit the project's wiki page.
- Spring 2012
- Fall 2012
- Spring 2013
- Fall 2013
- Spring 2014
General Energy Group Documentation
- Powering Hope site team proposal
- 2011-2012 Group Budget
- Prioritized summary of Energy projects
- Policies and procedures
- Meeting minutes
- List of energy-related trips
- List of Grundfos pump installations
- Solar Insolation Maps: Site 1, Site 2