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Deployment of wind pumps throughout remote Indonesia: a survey of technical support

Taufik, A. and Whale, J. (2009) Deployment of wind pumps throughout remote Indonesia: a survey of technical support. In: Solar09, the 47th ANZSES Annual Conference, 29 September - 2 October, Townsville, Australia



A survey of technical support has been carried out in order to assess the viability of widespread deployment of locally-made capillary wind pumps (PKMs) in the Mesuji-Tulang Bawang (MTB) subdistrict of Lampung, Indonesia. A list of desirable equipment for a facility was constructed by assessing the types of machinery that would be required in the event of failure of the various PKM components. Ten facilities in the region of the MTB were selected for the survey on the basis of their general experience in metal working and metal forming. The results of the survey showed that only 2 out of the 9 respondents had the equipment required to manufacturer/repair all the component groups of the PKM design, and even these facilities would have to outsource work for any part of the component group that required high precision machining. The results of the survey also show that a significant proportion of the workshops do not have accredited training programs, adequate calibration procedures and regular suppliers. Workshop managers are targeting three priority areas for improvement: inventory procedures, work safety standards and efficiency of operations. A set of key criteria, related to the provision of technical support for the PKM program, have been established and each facility was ranked against this set of criteria. The results of this analysis show that the Berkah, Dinamika Jaya workshops and the BLK Institute are in the best position to provide technical support to the PKM program, with the possibility of training being offered by Production Unila.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
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