The students of IDL took part in a leadership development training session at cooperative education.
Moving Namibia Forward With Solar Energy
The earth is becoming more and more populated each year, putting a strain on the environment, especially on the air we breathe.
Research by the Innovation Design Lab (IDL) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) states that 60% of Africa’s population, approximately 1 200 million people, will be urbanised in the next three decades. This will eventually result in higher vulnerability to the effects of climate change.
With taxis making up about 50% of all public transport systems, it is safe to assume there will be major challenges and strains on the environment due to increased carbon dioxide emissions. However, professor Pia Barone Lumaga, along with his crew of students, aims to rectify this problem by introducing the Namibia Solar Electric Utility Vehicle (NSEUV) or solar taxi.
The Presidential Advisor of Youth Matters and Enterprise invited the NSEUV Team to Statehouse on the 17 June 2016. The team met Dr. John Steytler, Economic Advisor of the President of the Republic of Namibia.
Our Innovation Design Lab NSEUV's team from NUST and WVTC, participating at the ACP-EU workshop on Solar Energy projects in Namibia hosted by NUST
12.6.2016 The Vice Chancellor of NUST driving the first prototype of NSEUV -Namibian Solar Electric Utility Vehicle -at a convention of international parliamentarians on solar energy & climate changes. The NSEUV is a mitigation research project of climate change induced by fossil based public transportation
Prof Peter Katjavivi Speaker of the National Assembly and Pio Barone Lumaga of the Innovation Design Lab participating at the ACP-EU workshop on Solar Energy projects in Namibia hosted by NUST
NSEUV team working at the first prototype to showcase the Solar Electric taxi the ACP-EU workshop on Solar Energy projects in Namibia hosted by NUST
Today, we have shared with the faculty and students of Windhoek Vocational Training Center (WVTC)the first working prototype of the Namibia Solar Electric Utility Vehicle developed with the support of 6 WVTC students. Prof Pio has shared the relevance of this mitigation research project and its effects on Climate Change. Our solar taxi capture solar energy through a photo voltaic panel and store energy on SWAP lithium iron batteries. We were warmly received with great enthusiasm by the faculty and students of WVTC. Many of them had the opportunity to enjoy a test ride with the solar car.
Conrad Roedern, the CEO of Solar Age Namibia has donated photovoltaic solar panels and inverters to the Innovation Design Lab. Each panel generates a maximum of 260 Wp power. It is 1675mm long, 1001 mm wide, and weights 18.0 kg. Conrad Roedern is also exchanging information and mentoring the interns at the Innovation Design Lab that are building the first working prototype of the ASEUV- African Solar Electric Utility Vehicle .