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University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. KTH.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Rwanda is one of the world's developing countries located in southern sub-Saharan region in Africa; and one of its most pressing environmental concerns is its need for stable and community-managed electrical power.

Micro-Hydro Power (MHP) projects have proved to be an economical and efficient alternative in the effort to power remote villages deep in the rural area.This study investigates the efficacy of community- based MHP projects in one of these villages, in Rongi sector as well as the role of public participation in these projects.

The main aim of this thesis was to develop a case study for the development of BUKABA MHP as the model at the specified zone where there is a lot of small rivers and this research shall provide a real life study at the inhabiting and the enabling factors for the development of micro scale hydro in rural areas of Rwanda.

This studyb employs a case study methodology, for the design, costing and determine financial viability and feasibility of the BUKABA MHP as one piloted with data collection taken on site surveys, and document reviews using RETScreen.

This study use RETScreen, as the result, the maximum power output calculated was 97kW which will be used by primary and secondary schools, local administrative buildings, commercial centers, and about 100 households at the estimated total initial cost of $CAD 619,000 as it was shown by RETScreen hydro formula costing method sheet. 

We recommend the Gouvernment of Rwanda to use this project as model to be implemented, even to use it in any other area where there is availability of water. But, before implementation, the bill of quantities will be prepared to enable the Gouvernment obtain the details about the final and initial cost of the concerned project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 56 p.
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-15839OAI: diva2:676837
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Energy systems
2013-12-04, Master Lab- KIST_RWANDA, KIGALI_RWANDA, KIGALI, 14:40 (English)
Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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