SoPAS – Ghana

Partners

SoPAS Solar Pump Association, Bern
www.ennos.ch
Alois Müller & Urs Heierli

Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit
www.donbosco.ch
Markus Burri

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Diverse

Country:

Ghana

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

2022

End of Project:

2023

Contract:

2022.01

Swiss Contribution

The Solar Pump Association Switzerland (SoPAS) was founded in 2010 by a multidisciplinary team of engineers and marketing experts. Its aim is to disseminate innovative technologies for solar water pumps in developing countries, based on developments from the Bern University of Applied Sciences.  SoPAS is well-networked with various organisations and active in several developing countries. SoPAS is working closely with Helvetas on this project.

Description

This project is the direct successor of the REPIC project “Retrofit for Converting Hand Pumps into Solar Pumping Systems with Tap Stations” in Benin.

It is now planned to couple the solar pump with a so-called impact pump (www.impactpumps.com) and thus be able to tap into deeper wells. A partnership with Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit is planned so that sufficient know-how can be built up locally to commission, and then to operate, the planned solar-powered water stations. Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit has a huge network of schools and/or training centers in developing countries worldwide and brings a great deal of experience for the implementation of such courses into the project.