Moria refugee camp
During 2019 more than 70 thousand people risked their lives to cross the mediterranean sea to seek asylum in the greek islands, just to find themselves stranded for long periods in refugee camps with very poor conditions and limited access to basic services.
This situation was no different in 2017 when the Energy Club at TU Delft was looking for ways to help in this crisis by using the knowledge developed at the university and came up with the idea of Energy for Refugees (EfR). EfR was then born to help refugees by providing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy (UN Sustainable Development Goal 7).
That year a group of master students from different faculties and nationalities designed and installed a 5KW solar PV system in a classroom in the Kara Tepe camp in Lesvos, Greece the summer of 2018.
After the first project, a new board was selected and started working towards the same goal, this time it was possible to collaborate with Eurorelief, an NGO in charge of the main section of the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece (the largest refugee camp in Europe).
The second EfR project consisted of the design, funding, procurement, and installation of a 25KWp Solar PV system to reinforce the capacity of the grid and try to avoid as possible the duration of black-outs (mainly increased in the winter as the heating demand increases).
It took seven months of preparation before the team traveled to Greece to install the solar PV system, during this time the team had to get the required training, design the solar PV system, get the required funding (the most difficult part) and make sure the components were safely shipped to the destination. During 3 long and sunny weeks, the team worked against the clock to install 90 solar PV modules, 2 inverters, and required cabling and electrical protection devices.
This project is expected to displace the use of 9,000 liters of diesel per year, or about €12,600 (based on the local price of diesel), this resource can then be used by the NGOs to improve other areas of the camp. Additionally, this also implies that around 24,000 Kg of CO2 is not going to be emitted.