Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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A nation which failed to harness the wind

In 2002, at the age of 14, William Kamkwamba, a boy from Wimbe in Kasungu built a wind turbine to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s house. Kamkwamba built the turbine using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrap yard. Thereafter, Kamkwamba built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village and two other wind turbines. Kamkwamba later gained international fame across the world as ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’.