By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky.
or years the village of Bava has gone without electricity. But now a local handicapped man has built a water generator in a nearby river and inadvertently started a campaign for more green hydropower in Iraq.
The tiny village of Bava, right in the middle of Iraq’s northern Dohuk province, hasn’t had any electricity supply for years. And little did locals think that the Khabur River, which flows right alongside their homes and which supplies them with water and fish, would ever be the source of power for them. But that is exactly what has happened.
A 40-year-old local, handicapped man, Khaled Hussein, has managed to build a water pressure engine that utilises the river’s flow to generate electricity for the entire village, which – admittedly – is made up of only about eight homes. Still locals say it’s a great example of local ingenuity solving what is a national problem. All the other generators they know of are fuelled by gasoline.
And Hussein’s ingenuity means that unlike in the rest of Iraq, which is plagued by regular power cuts, this relatively remote village has power almost all the time.
“I always wanted to invent an engine that operated without fuel or oil,” Hussein told NIQASH. “I had this idea since I was young and now it’s become a reality.”