Vijay Modi from The Earth Institute at Columbia University will present at Session 2: Pole-to-Pole Innovation Flows. This session will address how “Global North” and “Global South” perspectives and expertise are building on each other to enable affordable, sustainable innovation and technological leapfrogging.
KickStart International's Alan Spybey is serving as an adviser for the event.
Earth Institute is now a Powering Agriculture graduate! Now that they've successfully installed three shared solar PV pumping systems that have had a huge impact on the production and efficiency of 21 farms, they're seeking partnerships for scaling up, adoption and local maintenance contracts.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University just celebrated the first anniversary of Acacia Irrigation, their shared irrigation system in Senegal. Three systems, each serving seven farms, are up and running; all three have seen high usage since installation. Farmers are already seeing the benefits.
The Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University started with a question: Could a single system provide electricity or water to multiple farmers? To find out, they set up a system comprised of three solar photovoltaic arrays to power irrigation pumps in Gabar, Senegal.
Harnessing the sun’s power is once again at the forefront of energy technology as an increasingly affordable method of generating electricity. In developing regions of the world, solar is not only a clean energy solution but sometimes the sole source of power for smallholders.
PAEGC visited three central solar PV systems that were installed by the Earth Institute in Gabar, Senegal to power 21 irrigation pumps. The farmers are saving up to 6 hours labor a day, spending less money on fuel and improving quality and quantity of grown produce.
The 2015 Ag Innovation Showcase was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sep. 14–16. The PAEGC Innovators were represented by Mr. Brian Jensen of SunDanzer and Dr. Vijay Modi of the Earth Institute at Columbia University who each gave presentations on their innovations.
Time Lapse video shot with GoPro of a recent 4.8kW single axis Solar Tracker installation in Potou, Senegal by The Earth Institute’s Sustainable Engineering Lab, Columbia University for the Smart Solar Irrigation Project.
Video montage of installation and operation of a pilot solar PV irrigation system in Senegal. This project is unique in Senegal for its pre-payment system, sharing of resources and lack of battery storage.
In January and February, the first four submersible pumps were installed, serving the first four beneficiary farmers. A local community member was also hired and trained to operate and maintain the system.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University has now shipped the first solar pump controller to its project site in Senegal.