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Small-scale electrification in the Ecuadorian cloud forest

Barbara SIMAEYS student laureate
barbara.simaeys@ua.ac.be

°1971 Belgium
Electrotechnical engineer, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 1994

Electrificación de baja escala en el bosque nublado del Ecuador

After obtaining her degree of electrotechnical engineer at the University of Ghent, Barbara Simaeys continued her studies at the Technical University of Eindhoven and obtained an additional degree of engineer in international technological development studies. She submitted the text of her master's thesis for the Development Co-operation Prize.
This report, "Electrificación de baja escala en el bosque nublado del Ecuador" is based on seven months of fieldwork in Ecuador. This work describes a study to find the most efficient way to provide electric power to two small jungle villages (Morán and Santa Rosa) in the rain forest. The most relevant part of this work, in terms of development co-operation, is the development of a theoretical method, which can be used also in other sites, to predict how much electrical power will be needed in the future, to calculate which type of hydroelectric or solar energy plant can fulfil this need and to decide which of the two types is the most efficient depending on the characteristics of the location. The theory is then applied to these two villages. Use is made of interviews with the local population and a study is made of the local geographical characteristics. Based on this local study, it is suggested that a small hydroelectric plant is the best solution for Morán, while a small solar energy plant, although slightly more expensive, is the best solution for Santa Rosa, because of local parameters.