Purdue students' hydropower system wins contest

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West Lafayette  - A team of Purdue University students who designed a hydropower system that will bring power and light to an African village has won $75,000 in a national contest.

Purdue says the team was one of five winners among 55 universities that competed in a project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Purdue undergraduates designed a system that will use a turbine to generate about 150 kilowatts of power from water flowing over a waterfall in a village in Cameroon. That's enough power to light about 1,000 homes.

The hydropower project is sorely needed in the village of Bangang, where residents have no access to basic services and have to travel long distances for water. The village currently relies on kerosene lamps to light its homes.

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