Global Anchor is a non-profit organization, supporting the development of Open Source Hydro Power solutions for Rural Electrification. We want to provide robust, low-maintenance, low-cost, highly-capable and safe machines that will increase the proliferation of hydroelectricity and make a significant contribution to remote area electrification in a sustainable way.
As part of the Open Source movement we hope to simplify the creation and sharing of micro hydro power machines to satisfy energy needs and bring light to remote areas.
"Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General (Source: http://www.2012.coop/en)
We filmed an image movie at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica in December 2011 with different speakers from all over the world. We are happy to present the edited version here now. Check it out:
VISION and MISSION STATEMENT
Our Vision is to empower people in rural / remote / off-grid areas to satisfy their energy needs in a environmental friendly, renewable and self-sustainable way.
Our Mission is to develop micro hydro power machines, make our knowledge accessible, encourage people to use this knowledge to build their own machines (Do It Yourself Construction Kits) and thereby support rural electrification.
According to our road map we are able to start prototyping our first design (1KW Banki Turbine) and test it if we would have identified an appropriate site. But more important at this time is funding for the prototype manufacturing.
At the same time we are working on a Hydro Power Wiki page which will be available on picohydro.org, where we will publish the design of the Banki / Cross Flow turbine. We are also planning to publish a field guide for site assessment and a documentation of how to choose the appropriate turbine type. All this is planned for 2012, but this depends strongly on YOU!