ICT for Health (Education)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Renewable Energy & the Navajo Nation

This isn't directly related to ICT and health, but it has implications for sustainable design. I just returned from the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Expo (IMECE) where I heard Sandra Begay-Campbell speak about a joint rural electrification project involving the Navajo Nation, DOE, and Sandia National Labs. The work has been going on for more than 10 years now. Some basic facts that I learned during the talk: (1) 180,000 people live on the reservation; (2) the reservation is bigger than 15 of the 50 US states; and (3) 18,000 homes do not have electricity. The work to date has included 4 generations of renewable energy technologies, the latest a hybrid wind-solar generator to be used at the household level (many households live miles from their neighbors). More information: memorandum of understanding between Navajo Nation, DOE, Sandia (2000); project news release (2000); and NREL paper written by Sandra (2003).

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