Amadou Dembele conducted a study to generate power of about 10 MW. In order to reach this nominal capacity, the Bargelec must be 30 meters long, 5 metres high and 10 meters wide for a total investment of about 1 million euros.
Amadou Dembele admits that it is always difficult to convince someone, especially in Africa, that a new idea is worth financing.
Amadou Dembele is an electromechanical researcher from Mali who has designed and developed a small scale prototype of a “barge” with a modular electric system called Bargelec which is a prefabricated, mobile and adjustable hydro-electric dam.
The prototype is composed of a funnel-shaped duct which is completely immersed into a watercourse, thus creating a reservoir. The barge, located above the duct, contains the equipment that produces electricity.