NEED project concludes on a high note

More than 40 participants attended the concluding Network of Energy Excellence for Development (NEED) Project conference that was held recently on campus. The project was initiated in 2014 and at the core of this initiative are five universities namely, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) in Germany, Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Okavango Research Institute (ORI) in Botswana, University of Zambia (UNZA) and NUST.

NEED has aimed to set up and institutionalise a ‘Network of Excellence’ interlinking existing and successful renewable energy technology (RET) initiatives, institutions and experts. During the project implementation period, the network was active in three fields of activity. 

These are: to formulate research policies, to develop industry standards, and to enhance practical education. 

Dr Tjama Tjivikua addressed the delegates and highlighted a few of the many successful outcomes of the project. 

“An example is the Renewable Mini-Grids Dry-lands, whose primary focus is to quantify energy production and consumption and ultimately to propose sustainable ways of energy management. It also concentrates on social economic benefits as well as cost management. Other than that, the project established historic energy consumption patterns as well as capacity building at community, school and tertiary level with regard to renewable energy in general and solar energy in particular.” 

NUST has deliberately taken a leading role in developing the critical mass of experts and initiatives needed to drive the renewable energy technology initiatives nationally and regionally. 

To this end, NUST is home to the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), which, in collaboration with other stakeholders in the renewable energy sector, has registered significant strides in as far as adoption of renewable energy technologies is concerned. 

“Despite the nostalgic feeling when closing the project period, we look forward to continuing our work in the RET sector in the region, not only as project team, but especially together with our long-standing and potential new partners,” said Prof Wilfried Zoerner, the NEED project leader from THI. 

The NEED project is funded by the European Union through its Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States’ Science and Technology Programme. 

Date: 
Friday, August 18, 2017
for Month: 
August, 2017

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