We invited more than 20 students and young researchers from different disciplines to Kathmandu, Nepal and took a deep dive into the methods and concepts of transdisciplinary research. Here, participants share their experinces.
In 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake which triggered landslides and caused massive destruction to the country. Many of the micro-hydro power systems providing energy to the poor rural population were damaged and this caused huge losses to the communities. The WISIONS initiative is supporting Practical Action in rebuilding sustainable energy access by restoring the affected systems.
This SEPS project started in September 2015 and supports the rehabilitation of three earthquake-struck micro-hydro systems. Recent project progress includes the complete reconstruction of the Tamsyo Khola micro-hydro power plant including final testing and commissioning activities.
The rehabilitation of the Jhyalla Bhumi II and Andheri plants is in progress and should be completed by the end of the month (June 2017). Civil construction works have been successfully carried out at the Jhyalla site, with a few electromechanical works outstanding. In Andheri, most of the working steps have also been completed, with the exception of the repair of a water canal and intake site, which have recently been affected by landslides. Final working steps include the capacity-building and training of MHP operators, which will be concluded after all plants are fully restored.
More general information on this project is available on our SEPS project page: RISE – Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access