Educating and training students on the proper use of electricity through practical portable circuits is the goal of the second visit of the extension project of the National University of Manizales to the municipality of Mitú.
Currently, the capital of Vaupés has a high use of electricity. The population consumes 300 kilowatts per hour and should be below 150 kilowatts; so the extension project Characterization of the electric demand for the development of energy efficiency programs in Mitú is carried out, which seeks the reasons for this unjustified increase and propose solutions for it.
Juan Felipe García Franco, project leader, thinks that in addition to providing solutions, we must train people to create environmental awareness. “They do not take care of it because it has no direct monetary effects and that’s why I designed a prototype so that during the May visit we will train students on the bulbs they should use and how to install switches to regulate their use,” said García Franco.
The project consists of three visits to the area: in the first, the territorial entities they face were evaluated to achieve awareness; in the second one, it is intended to train students for the good use of electricity and in the third, the achievements of the initiative will be presented.
To determine the reason for the high energy rate, Santiago Bedoya Sánchez, who in charge of the practical part of the project, explained that energy is generated through Diesel plants, in addition to not having land routes, the cost increases because they must use airplanes to take gas. According to the DANE, Mitú has approximately 16,580 inhabitants, of which 82.4% have a connection to electric power subsidized by the State. One of the problems they have found is that when these plants start to work, all the bulbs light up because it is not common to use switches.
“In the second visit of the project, we intend to reach out to the community to raise awareness, from the environmental point of view, about the impact of the high consumption of energy from the fuel, teaching how they can contribute to the environment”, said Bedoya Sánchez.