During the Summer of 2013 Rotary International funded a Five Gallon Bucket Generator installation in the Andean highlands of Peru. The project was a collaboration between Cusco-Peru based Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) and Syracuse-New York based engineering students from SUNY-ESF. The project, conceived by Brian Hettler of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), had been in the works for more than a year. Thomas Decker led the student team from Syracuse with Sam Redfield, designer of the generator.  With longstanding ties to local communities, ECOAN coordinated  the work in Abra Malagá Thastayoc, the site of the installation. The generators will be part of a community-run system for charging LED headlamps, radios and cell phones.

As of December 2013 the initial installation is up and running with further installations in the works for 2014.

Project Contacts:

Student Leader: Thomas Decker  

ACT: Brian Hettler

Generator Design: Sam Redfield


Below are more links with further information about the project:

Also see an article in the Rotary Press:

See an article published by Thomas Decker in the Environmental Resources Engineering Blog of SUNI-ESF:

See a presentation that Thomas Decker put together for the Rotary Club on the Rotary Club of Onondaga North Facebook page: