SolarBerry


Our self-financing, community-owned, off-grid computer laboratory powered by solar energy and delivering educational resources with low energy Raspberry Pi computers.

We are constructing our first SolarBerry in Malawi with our partners Centre for Youth and Development (CYD).
Progress to date:
  • Design completed, including solar power monitoring
  • Components sourced in the UK have arrived in Malawi
  • Site of 1st pilot identified and agreed with the local community, who are keen to use both for the school and for community computer nights and movie nights in the evenings
  • All local contracts for materials and labour in place
  • Construction progressing well
  • Initial training on the set up and use of Raspberry Pis has taken place in Mzuzu

 

Rural Malawi commu

Why?


590 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity.

In Malawi

  • 97% of those living in rural areas do not have electricity
  • 87% of schools do not have electricity
  • 95% of primary schools do not have computers

And yet there is a clear correlation between electrification and completion of primary schooling.

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Choma Community, Malawi

Where?


Choma Community Day Secondary School has been chosen as the site of the pilot SolarBerry in Malawi. It is in a rural area about 20km North of Mzuzu.

The SolarBerry will support learning for 250 students and about 1000 adult learners.

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Artists impression of Turing Trust SolarBerry

How?


The Turing Trust design team for the SolarBerry comprised 4 retired professionals who are members of Currie Balerno Rotary Club.

The design details were reviewed and confirmed by Buro Happold Engineering. This included a SolarBerry PV, Thermal and Structural Feasibility Study and the production of the 3D model you can see below.

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Shipping container ready to leave Edinburgh

Progress


Our SolarBerry started its journey as a container in Edinburgh, transporting computers and accessories to Malawi. It arrived in Mzuzu in December 2016 and was initially used to store computers securely pending distribution to schools.

Local contracts were made to provide materials and labour and then the real work began.

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