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Solar energy for clean water access in Fiji

Prakash, Vinal V. and Raturi, Atul K. (2018) Solar energy for clean water access in Fiji. [Conference Proceedings]

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Access to clean water is a perennial challenge around the world and approximately 2 billion people depend on contaminated water for their survival. Unsafe water accounts for about 842,000 deaths annually. Fiji, one the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) had about 220,000 people depending on surface water or rainwater for their needs in 2015. Groundwater sources have the potential to provide access to clean water to population in many areas around Fiji. However, unelectrified communities who depend on diesel-based water pumping systems have a lot of associated costs and maintenance issues with water delivery. At many instances, these systems are abandoned and communities’ resort to unsafe water sources. With abundance of solar providing access to resource in the Pacific, Solar Water Pumping Systems (SWPS) can play a major role in providing safe water to many remote, unelectrified communities. This paper describes a case study dealing with SWPS application in a school community in one of the remote locations in Fiji Islands, A techno-economic analysis shows that SWPS is an environment friendly cost-effective solution.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: Atul Raturi
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 23:21
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 23:21

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