SEED Center's Living Lab

The SEED Center is delighted to present our Living Lab initiative, a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to impactful research. These facilities, meticulously established and constructed by our partner universities, are strategically situated in rural areas with considerable developmental potential. Functioning as life-scale mini-grids, these Living Labs serve as crucial platforms for our students' research endeavors. Here, the concept of "research with impact" is vividly realized, as the research conducted by the SEED community directly contributes to the enhancement of the livelihoods of the local communities surrounding these labs. This exemplifies our dedication to creating a tangible difference in the world.

Dangeshita Living Lab in Ethiopia is managed by Bahir Dar University SEED Center. The Living Lab is designed to irrigate over 10 hecates of land and electrify 5400 residents, by utilizing solar power technology. 

The Living Lab's technical specifications include a 23kW power capacity, a 15kW inverter for the water pump, standalone PV systems with a total capacity of 4.55kW, 32 to 200Ah batteries, and a network of 20 biogas digesters linked to 20 cooking stoves.

The Living Lab's power contributes to the society by fostering entrepreneurial activities in agriculture, providing high-quality communication connections, and enabling community cooking through biogas stoves.

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Yeboakrom Living Lab in Ghana is managed by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The Living Lab is designed to benefit 800+ people by providing electricity, powered by solar photovoltaic panels (60 x 22500 watts) producing 58KWh of electricity / 24 KVA (capacity). The Living Lab is powering a public school, main road, as well as a source for agriculture and entrepreneurial activities.

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Pabal Mukhai Living Lab in India is managed by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The Living Lab is designed to powering a school, the Mukhai school was chosen for the installation and commissioning Solar PV grid because the school received high electricity bills each month-end, a 5kW Solar PV mini-grid is then installed to benefit both the society, and research purposes.

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Al Wasilah Living Lab in Indonesia is managed by Bandung Institute of Technology. The Living Lab is designed to be connected with a hydroponic installations and water purification systems in the middle of dense-population of Garut. The solar panels which are 5x 9KW photovoltaic panels are installed to support both teaching and impact for the local society.

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Olderkesi Living Lab in Kenya is managed by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The Living Lab is designed to generate power capacity as much as 12 KWp. The newly formed cooperative society bearing the name “Olderkesi-SEED Cooperative Society Limited” was successfully registered under the category of Marketing and Energy cooperative society, making the Living Lab managed by both the university and the society. 

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!Kharoxas Living Lab in Namibia is managed by Namibia University of Science and Technology. The Living Lab is designed to impact the local society by providing a 20-killowat production capacity, equal to 40 KWh of electricity and coupled with a Lithium ion battery. 

Current ongoing project related to this Living Lab is the construction of a poultry farm and animal fodder production. Which the energy source, coming from the sustainable energy technologies of the Living Lab.

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Hyuro Living Lab in Peru is managed by Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. The Living Lab is connected to a solar dryer mechanism that supports the Hyuro communities in their agricultural and agriculture-post production processes. The communities are making use of the Living Lab to produce dry fruits that has a high-economic value.

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Kyampisi Living Lab in Uganda is managed by Makerere University. The Living Lab project have assisted the local society by opening up new water well, and through the use of solar panels installed in the rooftops of local houses, the water can be distributed for agriculture use.

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