Hospital Power Solution Indonesia
Power outages are a significant problem in Pernang, Indonesia. Several times a week, the area loses power for many hours which is especially problematic for hospitals. During power outages equipment such as lamps, medicine refrigerators and monitors cease working. The power outages risk patient lives and destroys medicine and vaccines that need to be kept cold. This project aims to supply a sustainable and long-term solution that lets the hospital operate despite power outages. The solution will also help the area financially in the long term.
Buer Pernang Health Center
Buer Pernang Village is in the southern part of Indonesia. The village, including the public hospital, is struggling with power outages. The outages happen several times a week and have a duration on 2-3 hours on average. More extended outages, which sometimes maintains all day long, occur as well, but more rarely. Because of the power outages equipment such as lamps, medicine refrigerators and monitors stop working, which is a risk for the patients.
The Buer Health Center has an emergency room, a dental care department, a maternity ward and a physiotherapy department. Fifteen thousand people live in the Buer area and will benefit from this project. More than half of the workers at the hospital are volunteers. The volunteers are working eight hours a day free of charge for the sake of the people in the area. They do receive about 14 USD a month, but this is just enough for two weeks of transportation to and from the hospital. The rest they provide themselves from their primary job.
Solar panel system
Our first focus will be to make sure that the most critical equipment can be used even during a power outage. We will accomplish this by using batteries that can be used as an external power supply when the main power supply is out. We will also install solar panels so that the hospital themselves can generate energy. The solar panels will reduce the electricity costs for the hospital that is already struggling financially. An Associate Senior Lecturer at LTH has validated the hybrid system we want to install at the health centre to be sure that it fits the needs and the requirements of the solar panel system. Using local contacts, we have contacted and received invoices from local companies to build and install the system.
Due to earthquakes in the area, the framework for the solar panels will be built on the ground. We will also build a power storage and control room.
The project team consists of people from Indonesia and Sweden. In the project group, we are seven engineering students from Lund University volunteering for Engineers without borders Sweden. In Indonesia, we have Nurul, who started the project, as well as local contacts on the hospital.
All equipment and workforce are sourced in Indonesia which gives the money used for this project into the Indonesian market. Using local workforce creates jobs and helps develop the local society in the long term.
Annie Lindfors Ljuhs