What attracted us the most to this thesis was the fact that we can go to a foreign country and actually build something. And by doing so we can help poor people in an emerging country. We see it as volunteer work for engineers, we get the opportunity to see more of the world, have a great experience and the local people get very cheap technical support.
Our goal is to develop a very cheap solar boiler that isn’t complex. In this way the community can learn how to build it and spread their knowledge to others. So by its low complexity and low cost it can be built cheap and easily. To give you some numbers, if you want to install a solar boiler in Belgium it will cost you about € 5000 (€ 850 thanks to subsidies) and our goal is less than €800.
We will improve an existing program (written in Matlab) which determines the best design according to the given parameters.
On this blog we are going to talk about a bigger picture of our project, sustainable development cooperation. We will talk about the difference with development aid by explaining the four pillars of development aid/cooperation. We will also discuss the following question: “Development cooperation, why?” . We think that the key in the whole search for answers will be ‘sustainability’!