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  • Grupo Fenix
  • Realizing the precarious nature of their country’s situation, in 1996 a group of aware and enthusiastic students at the National Engineering University of Nicaragua began working with R.E. These students saw the lack of “conventional” energy sources in Nicaragua and understood that it was technology that prevented their communities from taking advantage of the abundant renewable resources. They chose the name “Grupo Fenix” receiving inspiration from the mythical bird of Egyptian sun worship, the Phoenix, which is forever renewed, and expresses the hope of these young Nicaraguans that their poor, strife-torn country would rise from the ashes of war and build an enlightened society.
  • The first objective of the CIPPER is to be a center of experimentation and technology transfer where outside ideas and technologies can be transferred to the community and tested against its reality. As a center of experimentation it focuses not only on the development of appropriate technology but its social integration and pays specific attention to the process and essential elements of this transfer. As a center of experimentation, the community also provides the necessary infrastructure, assistance and follow through to coherently support research efforts
  • Knowledge is brought from the university to the community where the ideas are applied and tested against the reality of daily life The ideas and processes of the university are perfected in the community by “local scientists” in conjunction with outside researchers Once the ideas and processes are improved, they return from the community to the university where they interact with other ideas to form new understandings These new understandings return to the community once more to be tested and continue along the knowledge cycle
  • Eduardo Galiano “when the gods dream”
  • Grupo fenix presentación engl 2008

    1. 1. Grupo Fenix Creating a Solar Culture in Nicaragua
    2. 2. What we DO <ul><li>Grupo Fenix's primary goal is to research , develop and apply appropriate, renewable energy technologies in Nicaragua with the following objectives :  </li></ul><ul><li>To conduct practical research into appropriate energy technologies  </li></ul><ul><li>To support community self-determination and local responsibility for the projects  </li></ul><ul><li>To increase the technical skill level and employability of local people  </li></ul><ul><li>To improve health and living standards of </li></ul><ul><li>families and communities  </li></ul><ul><li>To preserve natural resources </li></ul>
    3. 3. The current situation… <ul><li>Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 50% of Nicaragua has access to electricity, even less in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Rural poor rely on wood stoves for cooking, resulting in many environmental and health problems such as deforestation, global warming and respiratory diseases. </li></ul>
    4. 4. A Response… <ul><li>In 1996 Professor Susan Kinne and a group of students at the National Engineering University of Nicaragua (UNI) began working with Renewable Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Selected name Grupo Fenix to express their hope of moving from the ashes of war to an enlightened society </li></ul>
    5. 5. Early Stages of Grupo Fenix <ul><li>Worked with many Renewable Energy opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Installed solar pumps, drip irrigation systems, PV battery charging centers, a micro-hydroelectric system and hundreds of PV systems in rural communities </li></ul><ul><li>Formed Professionals, NGO (Asofenix), Small Business (Suni Solar), Production Center (Solar Cooker Workshop), University Program (Programa de Fuentes Alternas de Energía) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Asofenix Solar Battery Charging Station in the community of Icalupe
    7. 7. Suni Solar – Renewable Energy Business
    8. 8. Dr. Richard Komp and new Suni Solar building
    9. 9. SUNI Solar Largest Solar System in Nicaragua in 2006 - Women´s Clinic Mulukuku
    10. 10. UNILE Solar Cooker Workshop Madriz, Nicaragua
    11. 11. Programa de Fuentes Alternas de Energía (PFAE) Alternative Energy Program at the National University of Engineering (UNI) in Managua 1999 – Present <ul><li>Solar Saturdays – Monthly Renewable Energy Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Renewable Energy Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Seminars and Courses on Renewable Energy </li></ul>
    12. 12. Problems that Arose out of Initial Grupo Fenix Projects in Rural Communities <ul><li>Over-extended efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sufficient social and technical follow through necessary for success </li></ul><ul><li>NEW DIRECTION: Focus on one community as a model in conjunction with University Program </li></ul><ul><li>- Sabana Grande, Totogalpa </li></ul>
    13. 14. How we got Started in the Community of Sabana Grande, Totogalpa <ul><li>1999 - project for the creation of jobs in solar energy for land mine victims </li></ul><ul><li>Local people were trained and certified to be solar technicians who could build solar panels and install PV systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Local Solar Panel Workshop was developed. </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>1999 – Women’s group, Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa , began organizing around construction, use and repair of solar ovens </li></ul>How we got Started in the Community of Sabana Grande, Totogalpa
    15. 16. <ul><li>Be a center of experimentation and technology transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Develop “local scientists” to continue and enhance technical advancements </li></ul><ul><li>Develop products and processes of renewable energy applications </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate University-Community Knowledge Cycle </li></ul>Goals for Creating a Model Community
    16. 17. National and International Universities Community Practical Experience Academic Knowledge “ Knowledge Cycle” Bringing technical knowledge from the universities to the community and back…
    17. 19. Goals for Creating a Model Community <ul><li>Develop an integrated community that identifies and develops sustainable solutions based on its own ecological, economic and social realities </li></ul><ul><li>Generate employment in Renewable Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Insist on local ownership of projects </li></ul><ul><li>Union of appropriate technology with the social practices necessary for successful integration and incorporation of the technology </li></ul>
    18. 21. Solar Women’s Center in Sabana Grande Getting Dirty and Having a Place to Call Their Own <ul><li>Appropriate Technology – Adobe </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-Technical Relationship – Community Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership – Collective, Inclusive Design </li></ul><ul><li>Human Dignity – Use of local ideas and knowledge </li></ul>Started in 2002 Finished in 2007
    19. 22. Collective planning process with Solar Women and renowned local adobe architect
    20. 24. Women Initiated Own Reforestation Project
    21. 25. Solar Center 100% Powered by Solar Energy <ul><li>Solar Cooker Production Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Panel Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Water Pump </li></ul><ul><li>Office and Library </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting and Learning Space </li></ul><ul><li>Organic agriculture projects – Pineapple, noni, cashew, orange, papaya, passion fruit, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Composting Latrine and Compost Pile </li></ul>
    22. 26. Just of Few of our Future Projects… <ul><li>Solar Cooker Design Improvements and Marketing Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach and Renewable Energy Education in the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Store showcasing local products including solar roasted coffee, dried fruits and crafts </li></ul><ul><li>Continued electrification of solar center, community homes and schools with locally made solar panels </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Restaurant and Eco-Hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Continued Reforestation Projects </li></ul><ul><li>and Research on Permaculture </li></ul><ul><li>Seek funding and partnership for </li></ul><ul><li>construction of biodigestor in center </li></ul>
    23. 27. Courses in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Grupo Fénix offers various hands-on courses and workshops throughout the year. Solar Culture Course Renewable Energy in the Developing World with Solar Energy International (SEI) Sustainability through Community with the Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) study abroad program Alternative Spring Break University Courses – Univeristy of Dayton and Cornell We also tailor courses and workshops to a group´s specific needs and interests!
    24. 28. Longterm Volunteer Program <ul><li>Capacity Building- Research, data collection, tools operation, business skills, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Idea Sharing- Designs, New Projects, Recipes </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation- Papers, Articles, Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural exchange </li></ul>
    25. 29. Gracias!