:: Specific Design Brief
PRODUCT DESIGN KENYA, SRI LANKA
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
There are several sources of renewable energy. In many countries,
micro-hydro power is a potential source wherever there is a reliable water
supply. Investigate the appropriateness of micro-hydro power for an area of
your choice and design and make a small machine that could harness that
power for use in a small enterprise.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF A.
Product design. Flour mill.
Micro-hydro electric power has just been developed in the Kirinyaga area of
Kenya. Flour is milled extensively using diesel and by hand at the moment.
Design and make or model an electric flour-milling machine capable of being used
by a small enterprise in the area. Consider the implications of scaling up in
order to operate the machine in Kenya.
SPECIFIC EXAMPLE B.
Product design. Small machines.
There are several other small enterprises that could be set up in the Kirinyaga
area. Other possibilities include sunflower processing, welding, curing, cooking
or carpentry. Design and make or model a machine suitable for any small
enterprise in this area.
Practical Action works in several towns as well as the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. They are
in regular touch with individuals and groups trying to improve their own and
their community’s well-being. Your first point of contact will be Practical
Action UK, who
can provide answers to many of the questions you may have about micro-hydro.
Contact the Education team by email, [email protected],
or telephone, 01926-634441. They will contact Practical
Action East Africa and, if
necessary, individual clients on your behalf if they are unable to answer any of
your questions themselves.
• For many people in Kenya, developing ideas that would help them lead a more
sustainable economic life is a priority. They do not lack ideas themselves but
sometimes do not have the time or resources to be able to develop them. Your
ideas could lead to greater economic stability for individuals or groups.
• Many items available in Kenya have been made overseas and imported. The aim of
your project should be to develop a product that could be made locally using
local skills, techniques and resources.
• Resources are scarce in Kenya, especially outside Nairobi. Designing and
making that enables recycling or reuse of materials is therefore advantageous.
LIVELIHOODS & MARKET
If you decide
to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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