Czechs keen to collaborate with the Poly

A delegation of the Czech-based Photovoltaic (PV) power plant operator, Decci, recently visited Windhoek to investigate the possibility of collaborating with the Poly to establish a PV Testing Institute on campus.

A delegation from Decci, along with their Namibian and South African representatives namely Lithon, Vigor Group and MetGroup, met with the Poly’s Prof Errol Tyobeka, Special Adviser to the Rector, and Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr Samuel John, to discuss possible collaboration between the Poly and Decci in a range of areas.

These include the establishment of a PV Testing Institute at the Poly, as well as a commitment from the Czech firm to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the Poly and the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. Decci is the co-developer of a similar testing institution at the CTU where solar panel testing and measuring is carried out. The green energy producer owns numerous PV power plants in the Czech Republic. PV power plants convert solar energy using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

“We are excited by the prospect of partnering with an international firm to set up a testing laboratory for solar panels and other related material. Renewable energy solutions are a key priority and is a sector that is taking off rapidly in Namibia. The establishment of such a testing institution would be geared to serving the needs of this industry,” said Dr John.

The Rector of the Poly, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, said the institution actively seeks out partners in industry to collaborate in joint projects as well as to share knowledge. “Such partnerships always add value as they allow for the development of capacity, which in turn, serves the needs of local industry as well as our students,” Tjivikua said.

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015
for Month: 
March, 2015

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