Exploring Rice Fields through Segways
Mountain villages and the maintenance of terraced rice fields are being affected by aging populations and reduction in rice production. Our project is aiming to use the drainage systems of the terraced rice fields to produce energy through the use of a micro hydroelectric generation system. This project aims to create a new value to the cost of maintaining existing rice terrace fields by providing energy for local use. We aim to use the energy for developing eco-tourist opportunities- powering Segways to increase access to local sites- and promoting interaction between rural and urban communities. We are also looking to use the energy source to power vehicles and farming machines in place of the currently used fossil fuels to make our community more sustainable.