In addition to this, the project procured equipment valued at N$1.3 million to capacitate the laboratory accordingly. The equipment items include a Kjeldahl Nitrogen Analyser for the determination of the nitrogen and protein content in bush samples, a Laboratory Furnace for routine preparation of samples as well as a Universal Testing Machine and a Plastics Identification Unit for applied research on Wood-Plastic Composites.
The laboratory equipment will allow NUST to conduct more in-depth research and training for students on bush-related topics and offer physical and chemical biomass analysis services to the public and the Namibian biomass industry at large. The equipment was handed over recently at the official launch of the laboratory services. The ceremony was addressed by Gerlinde Sauer, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Germany Embassy and Dr Andrew Niikondo, NUST Acting Vice-Chancellor.
For more information on the NUST Analytical Lab Services, visit: http://bush.nust.na/labservices