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Capacity Building and Learning on Solar Powered Water Systems

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Webinar Series: Capacity Building and Learning on Solar Powered Water Systems

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Oxfam and IOM with funds from USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance is implementing the Global Solar and Water Initiative (GLOSWI) project whose overall objective is to improve cost efficiency, reliability and sustainability of water access for displaced populations and affected host communities by effectively mainstreaming the use of solar water pumping technologies. One of the key objectives of this initiative is to strengthen knowledge on solar water pumping solutions among humanitarian WASH actors and develop capacity building options and technical support, with a focus on hard-to-reach places and first phase humanitarian emergencies. This will ensure emergency WASH actors have access to training opportunities and relevant information/materials and technical support.

Thus, this four-part webinar series, organized jointly by GLOSWI and energypedia will focus on solar powered water systems (SPWS) to raise awareness and to build technical capacity of humanitarian WASH actors as well as other development organizations.

Webinar I

Solar Powered Water Systems in Humanitarian Context – Types and Configurations

Webinar Recording

With falling panel costs and improvement in technologies, solar powered water systems (SPWS) have become a cost-effective and sustainable way of providing water in long-term displacement settings such as IDP camps as well as in host communities. This webinar, the first of the four-part webinar series, will introduce the SPWS technology focusing on different configurations such as DC vs AC, standalone vs hybrid, and submersible vs surface pumping. Lorentz and Grundfos will highlight their SPWS solutions available in the market as well as their applicability in the humanitarian context. A case study will then showcase SPWS examples from around the world.

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Q&A

Questions asked during the webinar.


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Speakers

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Asenath Kiprono, Oxfam

Asenath is a Water and Solar specialist working with Oxfam, managing the Global Solar and Water initiative, a project that supports agencies towards adoption of quality solar powered water supply solutions through field assessments, technical workshops as well as development of knowledge material and tools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and previously worked in the private sector developing and implementing suitable water supply and energy solutions for a wide range of stakeholders.

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Adrian Honey, Head of Marketing, Lorentz

After studying electronic engineering followed by business administration, Adrian Honey spent 20 years working in the IT and Communications industry in various product management and global marketing management roles for multinational companies. 

Since joining LORENTZ in 2011 Adrian has been working on expanding the global LORENTZ partner network, marketing and sales activities and partner support programs such as partner portals and training. 

In addition to looking after marketing for LORENTZ Adrian is working on building sustainable water infrastructure, alternative business models, humanitarian sector and specialist applications for pump technology. 

Solar pumping and associated technologies are a very fast-growing business segment with very clear customer, partner and wider social benefits that Adrian is always very excited to talk about. 

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Jakob Normann Olesen, Global Product Specialist based in Denmark, Grundfos A/S

Mr. Olesen has worked at Grundfos for 20+ years and as Global Product Specialist within Solar Water solutions in the last 9 years. He started as trainee in Electronic development, and was part of the team developing and maintaining VFD’s and controls for submersible pumps. A small break from Grundfos during 2002 to 2005 when he worked as calibration technician in a nuclear power plant in Sweden. When returned, he worked as product technical responsible within the submersible controls and built-in VFDs, supporting the production and helping customers.

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David Githiri Njoroge, Technical Coordinator, Uganda, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

David Githiri Njoroge has over 17 years’ experience in Water and Sanitation Sector in humanitarian and development contexts. Currently working with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) heading the Technical Unit in Uganda. He leads a team of experts coordinating service delivery for refugees and hosting communities in WASH, Public Health, Shelter, Site Planning, Environment and Energy sectors. He has been instrumental in piloting sustainable service delivery models, anchored in Government of Uganda (GoU) national systems and leveraging on emerging opportunities aligned to the Global Compact for Refugees (GRF). Previously, he worked as a WASH expert extensively in the East and Horn of Africa Region (Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda & Kenya) with Norwegian Church Aid, GOAL Ireland and ACF-USA. He coordinated diverse technical teams and implemented various projects towards the delivery of humanitarian WASH assistance to forcibly displaced populations. He worked with ZamConsult Engineering Consultancy firm designing and supervising various projects. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is an alumni of the UNHCR Innovation Fellowship.


Webinar II

Making Sense of Solar Powered Water Systems Expansion

Webinar Recording

This webinar will discuss the different parameters for the solarization of existing water schemes in the humanitarian context. Water Mission International will introduce retrofitting existing water systems into solar, followed by a presentation from Rocky Mountain Institute on overpumping and how to limit it. IOM will discuss the economic considerations for solar pumping schemes (eg. payback periods and cost savings).

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Q&A

Questions asked during the webinar.

Speakers

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Richard Healy – U.S. Geological Survey (Emeritus), USA

Rick Healy is a groundwater hydrologist with more than 40 years of experience with the U.S. Geological Survey. His areas of expertise include estimation of natural rates of groundwater recharge and numerical simulation of water and contaminant movement within soils. He has taught short courses on groundwater recharge for 25 years and has authored a number of publications on recharge, including the textbook, “Estimating Groundwater Recharge” (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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Jeff Zapor – Director of Engineering and Innovation, Water Mission, USA

Jeff leads the global engineering department at Water Mission and is a registered professional engineer in the United States. Water Mission has used solar powered water systems in development and disaster projects for over 10 years in multiple countries worldwide. Jeff's task is to ensure that technical standards are followed within the design and installation of these systems, as well as to be a resource to other organisations that want to hold to the same standards of quality.

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Alberto Llario, IOM

Alberto is a WASH and Energy Manager with the International Organization for Migration. He has over 15 years of experience in the relief sector in various country, regional and global positions with Action Against Hunger, OXFAM, UNHCR and IOM in Europe, West and East Africa and South East Asia. During the last 5 years he has been coordinating the implementation of the Global Solar & Water Initiative to support the introduction and scaling up of solar energy-based solutions across relief organizations all around the world.

Webinar III

Specific Considerations and Limitations of Solar Powered Water Systems

Webinar Recording

This webinar will discuss the design aspect of SPWS along with practical limitations. Engineers Without Borders - USA will set the scene by providing an overview of common design questions such as pumping rate, batteries and tank sizing. Oxfam will then present a case study from Cox Bazar Bangladesh on how SPWS are designed and perform in the refugee camps. IOM will share practical limitations related to humanitarian settings such as designing SPWS systems for long-term camps vs emergency settlement and water rationing in the camps.

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Speakers

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Jared Hostetler – Engineers Without Borders - USA

Jared Hostetler is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been an EWB-USA volunteer since 2019. He is a Senior Principal Engineer with Hazen and Sawyer, where he works on a wide variety of municipal water and wastewater treatment and conveyance projects. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina (USA), and previously worked for Water Mission, where he designed safe water systems for communities in East Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

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Brian McSorley – Oxfam

Brian is a water and sanitation Advisor in Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Team. Brian has 30 years of professional engineering and management experience, which includes 25 years working exclusively in low-income countries and fragile states managing water and sanitation programmes and teams responding to protracted humanitarian crises as well as long-term development.

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Antonio Torres, IOM

Antonio has worked in the WASH humanitarian sector and in progressively senior roles at IOM for nearly 12 years across Colombia, Sri Lanka and South Sudan, and since 2018 based out of IOM headquarters in Geneva leading the coordination for IOM WASH programmes globally.


Webinar IV

Towards More Sustainable and Efficient Solar Powered Water Systems
Webinar Recording

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Speakers

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Alberto Llario, IOM

Alberto is a WASH and Energy Manager with the International Organization for Migration. He has over 15 years of experience in the relief sector in various country, regional and global positions with Action Against Hunger, OXFAM, UNHCR and IOM in Europe, West and East Africa and South East Asia. During the last 5 years he has been coordinating the implementation of the Global Solar & Water Initiative to support the introduction and scaling up of solar energy-based solutions across relief organizations all around the world.

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Alessandro Petrone, IOM

Mr. Alessandro Petrone is an environmental engineer graduated at the University of Florence, Italy. He has obtained the PHD in Agro-forestry engineering at the same Institution. He has been working with IOM Cox’s Bazar since 2017 as Programme Manager for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Currently, in his position, he is responsible for the planning and implementation of WASH activities of IOM in Cox’s Bazar district. He is in charge of developing and implementing the strategy for the provision of WASH relief services to the populations in need in Cox’s Bazar area, including Rohingya and vulnerable host communities.

Before joining IOM Cox’s Bazar Mr. Alessandro Petrone worked with various International NGOs and the University of Florence in the WASH and Disaster Risk Reduction sectors in East Africa, Middle East and Latin America. He comes with 19 years of professional experience.

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Paige T. Campbell, Eternalsun Spire

Working for Eternalsun Spire, a highly specialized company focused on the high-accuracy measurement of PV modules, Paige is currently managing multiple existing solar testing laboratories. In addition to managing these existing locations, he is also responsible for the opening of new locations - Eternalsun Spire has the ambition to have 5 of these locations by the end of 2022. Reporting to the CEO and a part of the company management team, he also plays a role in executing the company’s business strategy to further develop its downstream service offerings including factory inspection services in Asia and in-field testing services.

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Dr. Salvador Seguí-Chilet, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia

Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia since 1991 in the Electronic Engineering department. Since 1999 he has given face-to-face training courses in the area of photovoltaic installations, starting in 2010 with the online tuition in PV systems. Currently, He is the director of several courses in PV systems, in Spanish and English (https://www.cursofotovoltaica.com/). He has more than 18 publications in indexed journals, numerous publications in conferences and participates in R&D projects in the field of energy.

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Further Resources on Solar Powered Water Systems

Global Solar and Water Initiative (GLOSWI) Solar Pumping Resources

  1. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). Global Solar and Water Initiative. “Summary of findings” video file.
  2. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). “Solar Water Pumping Miniguide.
  3. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). Country Briefing Case study of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda.
  4. EED Advisory Ltd. (2018). “Evaluation of the sustainability of solar powered water supply systems in Kenya.” EED Advisory Ltd. Nairobi, KE.
  5. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018).Emergency Solar Pumping Kits. Global Solar and Water Initiative.
  6. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). Cost analysis Generator vs Hybrid, Cost analysis Generator vs Solar, Technical Briefing - Cost Analysis.
  7. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). “Criteria for Selection of Quality Solar Pumping Products & Services” and “Solar pumping bidding template”.
  8. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2018). “Physical Installation checklist” and “Operation & Maintenance kit”.

GLOSWI visit reports

  1. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2016). “Visit Report to Assess Feasibility for Solarisation of Existing Water Points in Asosa and Shire Refugee Camps in Ethiopia, 14 th to 21 st December 2016.”
  2. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2017). “Visit Report – Refugee and IDP Camps in Maban, Yida and Bentiu – South Sudan, 3 rd to 20 th July 2017.”
  3. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2017). “Visit Report – Solar and Water Initiative IDP settlements in Darfur, Sudan – 20 th February to 18 th March 2017.”
  4. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2017). “Visit Report – Solar and Water Initiative. Refugee settlements in Northern Uganda. 10th January to 6th February 2017.”
  5. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2017). “Visit Report to Borno State Nigeria, 12th – 19th June 2017.”
  6. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2019). “Visit Report to Somalia Region Ethiopia, 17th Feb to 2nd Mar 2019.
  7. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2019). “Visit Report to Borno State Nigeria, 6th to 19th April 2019.” 
  8. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2019). “Visit Report to Northern Kenya, 23rd to 26th April 2019."
  9. Global Solar and Water Initiative (2019). “Visit Report to Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 27th July to 10th August 2019.”

Other resources

  1. World Bank (2016). “Solar Pumping: A Cheaper and Cleaner Way to Access Groundwater.” World Bank, Washington, DC. Video file.
  2. World Bank (2018). “Solar Pumping: The Basics.” World Bank, Washington, DC.
  3. Practica Foundation (2018). “Solar Pumping for Village Water Supply Systems.” Practica Foundation.
  4. Bamford, E. and Zadi, D. (2016). “Scaling up solar powered water supply systems: a review of experiences.” UNICCEF, New York, NY.
  5. Allouhi, A. et al. (2019). PV water pumping systems for domestic uses in remote areas: Sizing process, simulation and economic evaluation.
  6. Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (2019). “Solar Water Pumping Systems: System Design, Selection and Installation Guidelines.” Pacific Power Association and Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands.
  7. Practical Action (2020). Solar Pumping for Water Supply: Harnessing solar power in humanitarian and development context


Organizers

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