Pokhara—The demonstration of Pico Hydro Kinetic Power Generator (Cappa) has been carried out near Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple at Birauta in Pokhara on November 3. The small hydel system with 57 kgs of weight is capable to generate electricity even from a small canal. Chief District Officer of Kaski Tara Nath Adhikari inaugurated the system in a formal program.
Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC), Ministry of Population and Environment, ibasei and Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) jointly installed this system under JICA Project. The system is said to be useful especially for the area of Nepal’s hilly region.
The dynamo based system that was discovered by Dr. Norio Kikuchi doesn’t need any water reservoir or high dam to produce electricity. It also doesn’t need skilled manpower to install this system in water flowing small canal or stream. It can produce upto 200 watt of electricity that could be used to lit the bulb or to charge the small gadgets like mobile phone, tablets or any other electric device. According to Dr. Norio, he invented this system as Japan suffered a massive earthquake in 2011 and faced spoiling of most of the electricity lines. The system is also useful for the countries like Nepal who has been facing energy crisis for years.
JICA has funded for this project in Ram Mandir. Similar system would be installed in Bharati Bhavan Secondary School at Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City- 19 and Chandika Primary School of Madi Rural Municipality Kaski, informed PCCI vice chairman Gokarna Karki. JICA chief representative Mr Jun Sakuma said that the technology is useful to the areas where small amount of water is available and the system is also useful to uplift the living standard of the people in Nepal. The ibasei chairman Norio Kikuchi claims that the system could be prepared in an investment of 0.4 million rupees if it is produced in Nepal but now it is taking the investment of 2 million rupees.
Embassy of Japan advisor Mr Naruo Kate, Ratna Bahadur Thapa from AEPC, PCCI chairman Bishwo Shankar Palikhe, Ram Mandir Management Committee chairman Lila Bhakta Acharya and ward 17 chairman Tirtha Raj Adhikari expressed their views during the ceremony.