We are 8 students of 7 different nationalities, based in 5 different universities, with varying backgrounds (Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering) from all around the world.
We all have the same vision: to give energy access to everyone. Which brings us to the same program of EIT InnoEnergy Masters Sustainable Energy systems, where we teamed up for our project of the year. In collaboration with Okra Solar, AEIC, and ILAW – the Yuzu Team aims to design and implement a mini-grid upgrade introducing new sustainable technologies into the energy mix. The location of the mini-grid is at San Isidro, the Philippines. Since the installation, there have been problems with the grid reliability and performance. Due to the low solar potential during typhoon season, the clusters experience blackouts. Therefore, there is a need to hybridize the grid: adding a different sustainable source of electricity.
Along the project, Team Yuzu learned that every few years the school gets hit by strong typhoons, leaving damaged structures and holes in the classroom ceilings, which the school doesn’t have the budget to repair. On top of that, the school is without electricity!
Education is such a powerful tool and combined with energy access can create real long term impact. The potential we have to change the lives of so many is very tangible with even small donations.
Learn more and watch the journey unfold at the Yuzu Project Instagram.