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Solar powered water pumping in refugee camps: lessons learnt from East and Horn of Africa

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:10 by Manuel Kraehenbuehl, Alberto Ibanez, Patrick D’Aoust, Murray Burt
Fuel powered boreholes are often the only option to provide potable water in refugee camps in East and Horn of Africa (EHA). Large fuel consumption, camp operations over decades and limited funding contribute to the fact that this type of water supply may not be sustainable. In recent years, several boreholes in refugee camps in EHA were equipped with solar powered water pumping systems to assess the feasibility of this alternative energy source. It could be shown that solar systems are a valuable option to replace or enhance fuel powered systems, and that higher investment costs of solar systems are outweighed by the reduction of fuel costs.



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KRAEHENBUEHL, M. ... et al, 2015. Solar powered water pumping in refugee camps: lessons learnt from East and Horn of Africa. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene services beyond 2015 - Improving access and sustainability: Proceedings of the 38th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 27-31 July 2015, 6pp.


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