Team Tonibung have reached new milestone after successfully installed 5th Micro hydro turbine for 2014, two more turbines compared to 3 units in 2013. This new milestone was part of the current effort by Tonibng to up-scale its Micro Hydro works in Malaysia through support from Lundin Foundation which has enable Tonibung to invest more on Human resources, Tools and training for our team members. The following are some of the pictures taken during installation of the 5th Micro Hydro system, a 18kw Capacity Crossflow Turbine at Pa' Ramapuh, Bario, Sarawak
Transporting Heavy loads of equipment to the Power house site
Assembling on site the electro mechanical equipment
Preparing the turbine and generator foundations
mixing concrete. the correct mixture and consistency of the concrete mix is important
getting ready for the concrete pour
pouring the concrete to the foundation with the turbine pre-align and levelled
Halfway during the concrete pour, the Generator is aligned and leveled
2014 marks a new chapter for Tonibung as we have developed our full capacity to fabricate and assemble micro hydro turbines locally at our Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies (CREATE) in Penampang, Sabah.
we were joined by new team of local technicians that have the skills to machine and fabricate parts of the micro hydro turbines. This is also made possible through Grant support from the National Geographic Society through the Great Energy Challenge program.
The turbine design are from over 15 years of experience in developing community based micro hydro in Malaysia. Also the years of partnership with Green Empowerment that have built the capacity of Tonibung to its current level.
Tonibung also invested extensively on machinery and manpower to enable the Fabrication of Micro Hydro turbines. So far Tonibung is focussing of Pelton and Turgo turbine designs, but start venturing other types such as Crossflow and Kaplan turbine to have better range of selection for turbine to meet the needs of the sites that we are developing community based Micro hydro Projects.
From Sketches to actual turbine prototypes, Tonibung team of technicians assisted by our international interns continues to refine the designs and fabrication techniques.
Training of local technicians have been Tonibung's main targets for 2014, up to date Tonibung have trained over 15 community micro hydro operators and 8 technicians capable of conducting feasibility studies, construction and installation of micro hydro system in remote areas. we hope 2015 will bring more development and continued support for our work.