Demand of energy is ever increasing in the world and renewable energy such as hydro power, solar, wind etc has become one of the most demanded source of energy for its clearn energy production. For clean and sustainable development, we need to develop renewable energy sources. At this time, many countries energy policy sets out measures for developing renewable energy technologies to solve the global problems. Also, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure affordable and sustainable access to modern energy for all. Government cannot alone work on achieving this goal. Hence, we are helping people to help themselves to achieve the goal of easy access of energy.
Vortex Energy Solution (VES) is formed in 2015 at Nepal. It was formed initially formed to commercialize the research findings made by Rabin Dhakal et al in Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk Campus on Vortex Micro Hydro Power Technology. Vortex micro hydro technology is a new and emerging technique in context of low head hydro power. The research on the it originates from Austria in the year 2007. Conventionally the Austrain are using cylindrical basin structure to form a water vortex which is main source of power in GWVPP. So, the main interest of Rabin et al is to design the parameters of the vessel to increase the strength of water vortex. With the rigorous research, Rabin et al have developed a new mathematical model for the design of the basin structure and got a conclusion that the conical basin structure is efficient than cylindrical basin structure to create water vortex. Moreover, with many experimental testing and mathematical analysis, Rabin et al got a conclusion that the position of turbine inside basin effect the efficiency to large extent and its position about 60%-70% height of basin from bottom position is optimum for maximum power extraction. Also, the curved profile runner is most efficient for power production. These three findings are breakthrough in research and development of GWVPP. Rabin et al have published research articles in many National and international conference including International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications conference series from 2015 to 2018 in USA, UK, France, Korea etc , with many awards like innovative awards, best practice awards, special awards etc. This works has been getting the media coverage from the begining of its research.
After sucessfully pilot testing the Vortex turbine in 2016, the team started working on research and devlopment activities on different other forms of renewable energy technolgies. The VES is actively involve in R & D works of which is supported by different national and international organization such as Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Nepal, State Level Government of Nepal etc. VES is collaborating with different universities and also taking research interns for its research and devloping activities. VES belives in research based devloping activities and also promoting it.
Recently, chief technological officer Rabin Dhakal of VES collaborate with Plug Hole Power Pty of Johannesburg, South Africa for implementing water vortex hydro power technology in various part of Africa. In 2019, Rabin visited many sites in South Africa and Swaziland and conduct the detail feasibility study on those sites for implementation of water vortex power plant. As a pilot (demonstration) project for Africa, Plug Hole Power Pty is devloping 2 units of 10kW each of vortex power plant at Johhannesburg. After the sucess of this project, Plug Hole Power Pty is planning to implement two other project one at Zambia (300 kW) and another at Hennops River (150 kW), Gauteng, Johhannesburg.