Latest project news

  • Ilijan Buildup

    Ilijan Buildup update II

    Feb 17, 2020

    We successfully designed, installed and commissioned our solar water pumping project in the Phillipines. Although small (1,66 kW), the system will provide drinking water to the approximately 80 people of Gemelina. Now we just have to wait for the municipality to finish the construction of the water tank, and from there they'll run distribution lines down to the households. Thanks to everyone who helped make this project happen!

  • Solar Home Systems for rural elictrification (SHS)

    Solar Home Systems update I

    Feb 10, 2020

    Hi everyone! We are very excited that we are less than a month away from our trip to Ethiopia for our field test. However, these following weeks will be quite hectic as we plan the last details of the trip. During this adventure, DC Opportunities will travel to a small village in the province of Tigray where access to electricity is nonexistent. These are the tasks we want to perform once we are there:

    1. Implement our Solar Home System: for the past year we have been designing and building prototypes of our very own SHS tailored for rural areas. We want to install solar charging stations in various points of the village, we will also provide power-banks and lights for locals to be able to bring electricity home.

    2. Collaborate with the Mek'ele Institute of Technology: counting with the support of locals is essential for a successful pilot test, we need to understand the local social dynamic as well as help with the language barrier. We have been collaborating with this entity for over a year now with Ethiopian students being part of our project. We will meet with them to discuss how we can collaborate with the new batch of students.

    3. Finding local partners: having a strong network is a key element to success. Therefore, we are visiting some other entities that are interested in collaborating to create bonds.

    4. Data & feedback collection: given that the project is still young and that this is the first time that the SHS are implemented in their intended target environment, one of the main outcomes will be to collect data in terms of consumption habits and receiving feedback from local users.

    Overall, we expect to learn very valuable lessons and to soak up the Ethiopian culture!

  • Frugal Hydroponics

    Frugal Hydroponics update II

    Jan 31, 2020

    The greenhouse stands, so it’s time to plant! Together with Julio from Sur Organic & Hydro Crops we introduced the teachers and children of the elementary school to the greenhouse. Julio taught the children about hydroponics and everything that comes with it. Some elements he discussed were: sustainability aspects of hydroponics compared to traditional farming, the importance of including fresh vegetables in your diet, but also practical matters such as how the nutrients are measured and added to the water. We chose a type of hydroponics which is called the “kratky” method. For this method, no electricity is needed and it’s relatively easy to understand and learn, even for younger children. The plants simply float on the water in which the nutrients are dissolved. Once a week, the ppm and pH must be measured, and nutrients must be added accordingly. After this class, everyone went outside to the greenhouse to plant amsoi, paksoi and kaisoi! Afterwards the water is measured, and nutrients are added.

All projects

  • Electric Fence Bardiya

    For our project in the context of our minor International Entrepreneurship & Development we will be going to Bardiya National Park, in the southwest of Nepal. In the buffer zone around the National Park many farmers settled on the fertile grounds. As these grounds and farms attract elephants, the elephants rage the villages and farms in search of food.


    IWACA-TECH is about improving water use efficiency in irrigation systems using advanced remote sensing technology and ground observations. 


  • Shock Safe Nepal team 7

    Shock Safe Nepal Team 7

    Shock Safe Nepal Team 7 is formed by five industrial design Master students from Delft University of Technology. 

    The Shock Safe Nepal initiative was founded after the earthquake of 2015, with the main objective to rebuild the lost homes, while minimising the risk of collapse during future earthquakes. Until now, 6 multidisciplinary teams of students of TU Delft have travelled to Nepal in order to perform research on how this main objective can best be achieved. Their aim was to provide citizens with a safe place to live in. We, as team 7, aim to improve the quality of the citizens’ lives by integrating utilities to the buildings. 

  • Rio Coco

    This project was first planned in Nicaragua. Due to the persistent protests against the government and unsafe circumstances in the country, the project location had to be changed. After a thorough search, El Progreso, Panama was chosen as the new project location. 

  • Lilihan Buildup

    During the summer of 2018, the start will be made on the ‘Lilihan Buildup’, a innovative and sustainable project to improve living conditions for the local inhabitants of the remote and hard to reach part of the village of Altavista. The plot of our project lies on a hill called Lilihan Hill which is located on Poro Island, Cebu province, Philippines.


    LUMEN: A Green and Affordable Alternative for Night Fishers

    LUMEN is a design team consisting of 5 students from Delft University of Technology. Our design team will collaborate with Sagar Energy Solutions, a start-up in Tanzania that focuses on transforming off-grid communities by providing them with clean and affordable energy. Together with this startup, it is our mission to change the night fishing industry in Tanzania.


  • Energy for Refugees

    Energy for Refugees is an initiative of Energy Club from TU Delft. Our goal is to bring sustainable energy to people who are most in need.

    With this year's project we are helping the PIKPA refugee camp in Lesvos. In July, we will travel to the camp with our team of 7 international students to install a sustainable energy system based on PV-panels together with the refugees. Electricity is very important to provide the refugees with the basic needs such as food, hygiene, light, and heat. That is why we have been working to help these refugees.


  • Bangla

    In Western civilisation it is rather common to open the tap and clean and safe drinking water is available. This is however not the case for very many people all around the globe. In Bangladesh for example is the use of handpumps still common nowadays. These handpumps pump up groundwater which contains high amounts of arsenic in some areas. Arsenic has many negative health effects on the long term such as skin diseases, infertility and tumours in the intestines.

  • Floating Homes

    Floating Homes in the Philippines will be the solution of the large-scale flood problems that the people in the Philippines face daily. The floating home project aims to build typhoon resilient, affordable homes that provide local communities with a safe and healthy living environment. instead of fighting the water, they will live with and on the water.

  • Studio WaterF'all

    We want to enable people with a shortage of clean drinking water to provide themselves with water by using fog nets. A fog net catches the water out of fog and gravity the water slides down where it can be collected.