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Mersha wants to know about the diesel engine that is used in off-grid areas?

Question from Mersha Bemnet Wondimagegnehu:

I am a lecturer at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. Currently I am working on solar powered flour mill to alleviate small scale women farmers in off-grid area. I want technical help on the rating of the smallest diesel engine that is usually used in off-grid areas. I also want to hear about your experience if you have any thing similar in Eastern Africa.

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Dear Mersha, please find some information about mills in the following energypedia article: It also includes some challenges faced in Senegal. Furthermore, this article about PV-diesel hybrid systems might be interesting for you (including experiences from Senegal and Kenya):

Please feel free to contribute your experiences to energypedia as well, for others to be able to learn from your challenges. Best regards, Johanna @energypedia

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Hello Mersha,

Although I have no experience working in the Power industry and certainly none in the Solar/Diesel industry. I did find the following article very useful. It is an Australian document, but I would imagine that many of the issues you face would be similar to these faced in Australia.

My experience is as an Electrical Engineer in healthcare, but I am happy to help by in any way I can.

The link is here:

Regards Stephen

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