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03 December 2018

MSc SELECT students race the clock to save a remote island’s energy source!

Implement by 2nd-year students as part of the EIT Master’s programme (who met at KTH in August 2017), the “ReCharge Project” aims to restore and improve the micro-grid system on Koh Jik, a peaceful fisherman’s island that is a 40-minute boat ride from the East Coast of Thailand. The 400 inhabitants have been fully off-grid, but now the system is getting old and critical components, such as batteries and control systems, are failing. Without help, the community will have to turn to unsustainable diesel for power. Tanai explains, “In our project, we are aiming to use state of the art lithium-ion batteries which have a much better performance and lifetime compared to the typical lead-acid batteries that are found in such rural projects. Smart digital meters are planned to be deployed which is a leapfrog ahead of most on-land households in Thailand that are still using analogue meters. When successfully implemented it would be the first of its kind in Thailand.”

Progress

Up for the task

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Further applications

Inspiration

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