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May 2013 - NileCAT operations on hold

After the exciting news of the GPAF grant (see below), things have taken a downturn with both AM and RMF not able to stay in Sudan at the moment. We continue to maintain links with our projects and will see what the future holds.

India Mark II improvements

Sept 2013

Though NileCAT was not able to make use of the GPAF grant in Sudan, RMF and Africa Water Enterprises have not given up and are applying for another GPAF grant to move ahead with the India Mark II improvements. This time the project will be working with pump manufacturers in India. We hope for success for this much needed project.

April 2013


NileCAT, in collaboration with Africa Water Enterprises has been awarded a £90000 grant from the Global Poverty Action Fund to pursue work on further testing of the modified India Mark II pump as well as local manufacture in Khartoum.

This is a great success, especialy for RMF who has been working to improve the India Mark II for several years - ever since he worked as Water, Sanitation and Hygeine (WASH) Manager with an NGO in Western Sudan. During that time he noticed many of the standard India Mark II hand pumps failing in the same way and becoming unusable. After making design changes based on these observations RMF found that local firm, Ideal Factory for Galvanization, could make the new version of the pump. In order to test whether the modifications have improved the pump we installed it on a borehole at a vocational training centre (VTC) in Khartoum. The machine shown in the video below is designed to run the hand pump in a manner similar to a standard user in Darfur. The difference being that the pump will run continuously. Thanks to SN VTC for the test location and the folks at Ideal for donating the test pump and working so hard to put together the test machine. Special mention to Mr Abu'eer and Mr Khalid for many hours of machining and to Dr Ismail for his interest and support. 

In addition to producing and testing a prototype, NileCAT also sought the help of Engineer Aid to do some finite element analysis of the pump with the new features. There work indicates that the pump should have a far smaller chance of breaking. 

Now that we have funding from GPAF, we can move from this initial prototype into local manufacturing of a high quality version of this modified India Mark II pump and further field testing. 

March 2011

Here is the video showing the fully functional test system. The water is pumped into a holding tank from which it is transferred to the main farm tank using a small transfer pump.

The pictures below show the machine being installed.


Ths video shows the first tests of the completed 'CeeDrive' at the Ideal Factory for Galvanization.


We have a second video of the machine attached to a 300Wp bank of solar panels. YOU TUBE LINK

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Technopreneurship workshop

Dec 2012

AM, wearing hat of Director of the IDEAS Centre at Future University, helped to organise a Workshop on Technopreneurship. Organised by ISTIC-UNESCO, a superb team from USAINS (Malaysia) taught about 40 participants the fundamentals of moving their research into small enterprise. For more information follow the link to the Future University - IDEAS web page.  

Group work on business proposal Solar cooker workshop
Future University, Sudan - IDEAS

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Promoting renewable energy

Oct 2012

Workshop on building a simple solar cooker for the young people at a church in town. Plenty of fun and piping hot Loolies!  

Solar cooker workshop Solar cooker workshop Solar cooker workshop Solar cooker workshop
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Bio-sand water filters

Oct 2012

Looking to expand the use of the bio-sand filters as per the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). Ten people trained in theory and practice and ready to start making and distributing to families in their communities.

Preparing the mould   Mixing the cement   Extracting dry filter   Filling the filter
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Encouraging research in Sudan

Sept 2012

The picture shows a group of lecturers from the Future University who attended a course in Research Methodology taught by AM.  

Research Methodology course
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High efficiency cooler

Over the past year NileCAT has been developing a high efficiency evaporative air cooler using locally available materials and geared to providing a less energy consumptive method of cooling rooms and buildings than the air conditioners in common use. IA's two visits have moved the project forward considerably and prototype version 5 is under construction.  

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Editted AM 2013