After independence from Sudan in 2011, peace lasted only a short period of time. Since December 2013, a civil war has been raging in the country. Simplified viewed, it is a conflict between two ethnic tribes.
Since 2011, around 18 Sisters of the organization DMI have been living in the region of Wau and in the capital Juba. They help to raise awareness for peace and reconciliation between the two tribes.
The off-grid PV-solar system was designed to enable the DMI sisters uninterruptable power supply. It consists of 48 solar panels, 10 stacks of Greenrock AIB solar batteries (of 48 Vcd 2.7KWh), a backup generator, solar charger, inverters and all required accessories for installation & grounding.
The old food store was modified in order to accommodate the batteries. AIB solar batteries were chosen as they are long lasting, environmental friendly and resistant to high outside temperatures.
The Power room is including:
- Quattro 48/1500/200-100/100-230V inverter/charger
- Victron color control Gx device for monitoring
- Victron Smartsolar charge controller MPPT 250/100-MC4
- Dc combiner HISbox 2 MPPT each string T1/2
- Ac distributor
All equipments were connected, programmed and tested in line with the regulation. The power outputs to the different buildings are through underground cables to the different buildings and all cables are marked for easy identification.
The centre was supplied with Grundfos submersible pump SQE 1-35 for constant water supply. The pump is controlled by CU 300 together with a Potentimeter for grundfos CU 300-SPP1 to control the flow in order control the water level. The initial PVC riser pipes were reused and the whole activity was successful.
The centre was supplied with a GENMAC Generator Urban RG8PS (8.0KVA-230Vac) as a back-up power supply for the solar system as well as for the centre on by-pass. The generator is set to automatic mode with the signal from the programmable relay of the victron color control GX. The generator was supplied with the most important spare parts.