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An Introduction to KAPEG

View From KAPEG


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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

KAPEG
 Formed: July 2006
 Location: 30 Km east of
Kathmandu
 Total members: 6
 Aim: Renewable energy and
power electronics research
and development and
consultancy.

KAPEG installed wind turbine

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

History of KAPEG
 Started as KUPEG
 A University Research Group
under Dr Peter Freere
 Estd. Aug 2003

 Reformed as KAPEG
 Estd. June 2006
 A Private Research and
Development Group

Testing the performance of wind turbine using a vehicle


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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Major Projects
 KUPEG
 Novel Micro Hydro Controller -
registered for patent
 Design and Construction of
Plasma Generator
 Small Wind Turbine Design and
Construction - funded by
SINTEFF
 Wind Turbine Controller
-designed for Aerogenesis,
Australia
 Series Compensated Self
Excited Induction Generator for
Motor Starting
 Complete Design, Construction
and testing of WLED Based
Electrical Vehicle Lighting
WLED based Electric Vehicle lighting system System

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Major Projects
 KAPEG
 Low RPM PM Generator Design
and Construction
 Solar Dryer for Wood Seasoning
– for Saan furniture
 Switch Mode Power Supply
Design and Construction
 3KVA  Voltage Stabilizer
 Wooden Material Fatigue and
Weathering Test – in
collaboration with RISO
 Development of Technical
Specifications and Standards for
Small Scale Wind Energy
Modification and testing of Practical Action
Designed Wind turbine at workshop in
Bhaktapur

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Solar Wood Dryer


 Solar wood dryer
 Design and constructed for
Shaan Furniture – A furniture
industry in Banepa who carves
blades for KAPEG’s small wind
turbine
 Wood is treated at first with
steam to get rid of insects and
their eggs and is dried in dryer
for about a month
 These kinds of specially treated
wood will be very much useful
for the blades design and
construction
Solar wood dryer

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Achievements
 Products
 High Voltage Differential
Probe
 WLED Based Electrical
Vehicle Lighting System
 SAFA Three Wheeler
Differential voltage probe Workshop Manual
 Household lighting WLED
based lamps
 Novel micro hydro
controller

WLED based 1 Watt


multi-purpose table lamp
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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Social interaction of KAPEG


 Besides its lots of daily
activates, KAPEG Staff
manage to get their time
for children near by and
help them with their
studies during evening
time
 Children are always very
enthusiastic to learn and
Study time for children at KAPEG
know more about the
things written in books

Children seems happy learning computer

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

KAPEG/RISO Project
Development of wind
energy technologies
in Nepal on the basis
of natural materials:
Theoretical and
experimental
analysis of the
material aspects-
Funded through
Danida, Royal Ministry of
Foreign Affairs

Hand carved wooden wind turbine blades


designed and constructed in Nepal

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

KAPEG/RISO Project Team


• Denmark:
• Leon Mishnaevsky Jr. – Project leader,
Senior Scientist (Project Management,
Micromechanics of Wood, Integration of
Experimental and Theoretical Parts of the
Project)
• Jakob Ilsted Bech – Specialist in Fatigue
and Fracture Testing, Senior Development
Engineer (Setup Testing Mashines)
• Povl Brødstedt – Specialist in Fatigue and
Fracture Testing, Head of Programme
(Advising and Support on Testing)
Hai Qing – Project Scientist (Computational
Micromechanics) (after 1.11.2007)
• Nepal
KAPEG
• Peter Freere. – Advisor
• Rakesh Sinha. – Senior Research
officer
• Parash Acharya. – Jr. Research
officer

Practical Actoion (from July 2008-


December 2009)
Discussion with Peter and Jakob at KAPEG

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

KAPEG/RISO Project
 KAPEG Responsibilities
 Fatigue and hardness
testing of local wood types,
analysis of the damage
mechanism and the
structure of the wood
 Statistical (regression and
correlation) analysis of the
experimental data
 Analysis of the effect of
natural coatings on the
fatigue resistance of the
wooden blade
 Weathering test of different
Timber blade specimen after static test wooden samples

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Selection of Material
Timbers available for testing

Readily
Available Rarer Timbers
Timbers
lakoori blue pine swamp
Akraat chir pine Mahogany
Shalla Persian lilac rhododendrum
jamun deodar alder birch
chelaune gogan tikui
seesa Siran camphor
laurel silky oak papal
ootteess Pulchoki jacaranda
poplar oak nettle tree
Hand carved timber blades for
50 Watt wind turbine system

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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Project Objectives
 Rural Electrification
 For windy and dry remote
areas
 Enhance research capability
in Nepal
 Very little details of
feasibility of wind energy
and different aspects of
natural materials is available
 Identify suitable material for
wooden blade wind turbine
 Blades made from local
materials are cheaper
 Easily accessible
Installation of 50 Watt Rutland Wind turbine with
timber blade at remote school in Dumja which does not
have electricity from national grid
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Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group (P) Ltd.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Kapeg_nepal@yahoo.com

Progress
 Design construction and
testing of fatigue test rig
 Design and construction of
Brinell’s hardness tester
 Load cell design for
calculating force
 Setup of wireless weather
station for weathering test of
wood
 Static and Fatigue test of
wood

Test Rig and accessories

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