Penn Students Travel to Rwanda for Solar Energy and Water Filtration Projects

This summer, the Kleinman Center is sponsoring students trip to Rwanda with Penn Engineering. While there, the team will be working on solar energy water filtration and lighting project in Gashora with Gashora Girls Academy and at the Gashora Health Center. At the Gashora Health Center, the students are examining the current water filtration system and developing plan to connect water supply from the local lake to the filtration system using solar energy. Season rainfall is the currently the only source of water for the water filtration system and this is not ideal for an area like Gashora where the rainy season is about 2-3 months. 

At the Gashora Girls Academy, solar energy panels are installed. During the daytime, the solar energy from the sun will charge the LED lights and the energy will be stored as potential energy. When night falls, the campus will be lit for 8 hours at the brightest dial and 30 hours at the dimmest dial. This allows for the young girls at the Academy to stay up late to study or gaze at the night stars. The Penn students will be setting up 20 lights across campus.

Students will be blogging about their trip—be sure to follow along!