NUST, in collaboration with Aalborg University in Denmark, is the local SESA Project Custodian under the stewardship of Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus from NUST’s Computer Science Department.
The SESA Project aims to explore the provision of energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable, while generating local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa. “Our community will benefit tremendously from this project since we have a lot of difficulties with basic necessities such as constant electrical and water supply. This project has the potential to offer solutions to these difficulties. We can also start new businesses with the energy solutions proposed,” Shorty Kandjengo, a Donkerbos community member said.
Living Labs will also be established in two remote rural villages in Namibia, namely; Otjisa in the Kunene region and Donkerbos in the Omaheke region. This will be done for the co-development of scalable and replicable energy access innovations.
Research teams from NUST and Aalbourg University, the latter led by Dr Kaspir Rodil, recently travelled to Donkerbos to formally discuss the project with the community and to establish site characteristics. “Through the SESA Project, NUST will enable and support the co-development, introduction and integration of unconventional energy alternatives to under-resourced and remote rural sites in Namibia, which are cut off from the national energy supply grid,” Prof Winschiers-Theophilus explained.
In turn, this will create new business opportunities for rural communities and facilitate the development of concepts that can directly contribute to low-carbon expansions