• Short Summary

    THE UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR AND A FRENCH COMPANY IN SENEGAL HAVE SUCCEEDED IN DEVELOPING A SOLAR MOTOR DRIVING A HYDRAULIC PUMP CLAIMED TO BE THE FIRST MACHINE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.

  • Description

    THE UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR AND A FRENCH COMPANY IN SENEGAL HAVE SUCCEEDED IN DEVELOPING A SOLAR MOTOR DRIVING A HYDRAULIC PUMP CLAIMED TO BE THE FIRST MACHINE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. THE MACHINE, WHICH TOOK SIX YEARS TO DEVELOP, CAN PUMP SIX CUBIC METRES (216 CUBIC FEET) OF WATER AN HOUR - ENOUGH TO PROVIDE A VILLAGE OF 1,000 PEOPLE WITH THEIR WATER NEEDS.

    ALL THE POWER FOR THE MACHINE COMES FROM THE RAYS OF THE SUN.

    THE ACHIEVEMENT, WHICH IS A TREMENDOUS BOOST FOR SENEGAL'S SCIENTIFIC IMAGE, IS BASED ON THE SIMPLE FORMULA OF UTILISING THE RAYS OF THE SUN TO PROVIDE POWER. BUT THE APPLICATION OF THE IDEA WAS HARDER TO IMPLEMENT THAN THE AVERAGE MAN MIGHT IMAGINE.

    THE INVENTORS OF THE "SEGAL" MACHINE - THE LAST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL OF THE PROTOTYPES - HOPE TO PRODUCE IT ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS FOR COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND LATIN AMERICA.

    RESEARCH AT THE LABORATORY OF METEOROLOGICAL PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR HAS BEEN DEVOTED FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO THE STUDY OF SOLAR ENERGY UTILISATION. AN EXPERIMENTAL SOLAR MOTOR HAS BEEN OPERATING SINCE AUGUST 1962, BUT THE ACTUAL OUTPUT OF THE VARYING PROTOTYPES HAS BEEN GRADUALLY INCREASED.

    THE PROBLEM OF DEVELOPMENT OF TROPICAL AREAS HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN CONNECTED WITH THE AMOUNT OF WATER AVAILABLE IN THOSE AREAS, AND THE RESEARCH AT DAKAR HAS BEEN AIMED AT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PROVISION OF THIS ALL-IMPORTANT FACILITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1BL87ULOI3EKH1AJPSYQ3VQ6R
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BL87ULOI3EKH1AJPSYQ3VQ6R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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