Moja Island - Practical Action

Moja Island
Renewable energy options
KS 3/4
Learning Objective
To identify the most appropriate renewable
energy options for an island community.
A big issue: no electricity?
Did you know that nearly
one third of people in the
world don’t have access to
electricity from a national
No mains electricity
The majority of people without
access to mains electricity
live in remote areas in developing
And there’s little chance of
being connected in the near
Why do you think that is?
• Picture from PA
Communities sorting their energy solutions
Many people living without
mains electricity find other
ways to generate electricity.
In Sri Lanka – these children are
looking forward to having light in
their home generated by a small
wind turbine.
Video clip
Running off the river
In Kenya, 96% of
people don’t have access to
grid electricity.
A community from Mbuiri, a
village north of Nairobi, have
channelled part of a river to
generate electricity from
small-scale hydro-electric
power schemes.
Video clip
Moja Island
• Moja island is a small
country situated off the
East Africa coast in the
Indian ocean.
• It has no mains electricity.
• The 1,450 islanders mainly
use kerosene lamps and
candles for lighting and fuel
wood for cooking food.
Moja Island
The government has decided to invest money to
generate electricity on Moja Island.
Your task: As a group of scientists, you have been asked
to identify the most appropriate renewable energy options
for village communities on Moja Island.
Renewable Energy options?
Can you think of some options for renewable energy that
might be suitable for Moja Island?
Each group needs
• Map of Moja Island
• Set of Renewable Energy
fact cards
• Moja Island Community
• Renewable Energy
Choices worksheets
Which were the overall popular choices of
renewable Energy for Moja island?
Energy sources
Water (hydroelectric,
wave, tidal)
Biological (biomass,
Class tally