A farmer from Surin, northern Thailand has built his own wind turbine from scratch – to provide electricity for himself and neighbours.
65-year-old Prapan Palapol made the 50ft-tall structure to cut electricity bills and use wind energy on his rural farm.
Prapan left school when he was 13 but loves DIY. His neighbours were amazed when he finished the giant turbine beside his house earlier this month.
He said: ‘I’m really happy with my turbine because it will save money and I can share the electricity with everyone else in the village.’
The pensioner planted crops in 1.6-hectares of land surrounding his house for a living while installing solar cells for neighbours as a side job.
The solar panels were able to provide the community with free electricity and pump water for irrigating the crops.
However, after some time, the solar cells needed repair and maintenance but the uneducated farmers did not know about electrical work.
The concerned old man knew a little about turbines as he used to work in a car repair shop then had experience working with machines and metal parts which helped him figure out its construction.
With some help from books and several trial and errors, he was able to build the windmill and turbine for his farm.
The delighter farmer said: ‘Most farmers don’t understand the electronic system in the solar cells, so they would often call me to fix it.
‘So I thought that alternative energy doesn’t need to come only from the sun, there is still the wind.’
The wind turbine provides free electricity for his house, neighbours and for the machines to irrigate his farmland.
Soon after, he started creating more of the prototypes for his neighbours and using a sliced-up steel drum for the blades.
He has been setting up the wind turbine system for two years now and hadn’t found any problems with the system.
He has spent around 40,000 Baht building the device.
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.