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Battery Backups: How Nepal Works Through Load Shedding

By Wayan Vota on May 14, 2010

All across Nepal, and especially in Kathmandu, there is daily electrical system “load shedding” – which is a polite way of describing 10-14 hour blackouts across the city.

During the dry season, when there is not enough rainfall for full hydropower, the national utility company can only supply about 10 hours of electricity per day to portions of Kathmandu. To compensate for the blackouts, private companies have invested in battery backup systems to keep functioning during power outages.

Here, Niraj Gorkhali of Smart Solutions describes the battery system that allows his company to work, regardless of the grid power supply:

Note that this system can only provide an hour or two of backup during the worst of the load shedding because the power doesn’t stay on long enough to full recharge the battery array.

How could Niraj improve his battery backup system to have greater usage?

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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One Comment to “Battery Backups: How Nepal Works Through Load Shedding”

  1. andris says:

    I spent a season in Nepal during loadshedding, and it definitely makes IT work more difficult. At least you get a few nice candlelit dinners.