Micro Power Generation for Suriname Radio

Testing a micro hydroelectric generator
How do you power a radio station that is so remote, you cannot even walk to it? A small Christian station in the jungles of Suriname (near Venezuela) that we have assisted has been using wind and solar power energy to charge batteries, but this system only provides enough energy for three hours of broadcasting a day. Greg Jardine, a Canadian broadcast engineer, located a small hydro-generator that can provide 1,000-1,500 watts of continuous power from a mountain stream. In April, Greg tested the unit pictured above at the HCJB Global Technology Center here in Elkhart. Of course, we techies were fascinated with this innovative technology and will consider using it in other remote areas. We gain great satisfaction in putting technology to work for God’s Kingdom purposes.

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