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Sunday 4 January 2015

Major challenge faced in 2014: The Penampang Floods

An aerial view of the devastation from the floods that hit Penampang

Moyog River bursts its banks, Land becomes sea of water. this photo was taken in front of CREATE

our workshop was totally flooded. The flood waters raised rapidly most of the heavy equipment was not saved from the flood waters

Elevron, one of our trainee playing around with a surf board

Gabe's surf board was used to rescue Linggang the Dog

while waiting for the flood to reside, our staff and trainees too opportunity to do some fishing

this is what we find after the flood waters resides. Our machinery was severely affected and our workshop is full of mud and sand 

our store room where we have our tools was also full of mud

everything is in a mess

mud is everywhere

Now the hard work for the cleanup

we have setup our own group called "Penampang Broom Army"

Penampang Broom Army in action

we had to take water from nearby drain for the cleanup- don't want to waste treated water to wash all the mud

All hands on deck

Thanks to all who helped in the Gotong Royong 

Sunday 28 December 2014

TONIBUNG successfully installed 5th Micro Hydro Turbine for 2014

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

finishing the concrete works for the coundations

The turbine and Generator 

Turbine Fabrication at CREATE Borneo up and running

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.

Sunday 1 December 2013

Long Lamai Micro Hydro System Comes Online!

After a lot of hard work by TONIBUNG and the villagers, the micro hydro system at Long Lamai, Sarawak, is now online!

It provides 24-hour-a-day renewable energy to 400 villagers.

Below are some pictures of the final stages of installation.