The ‘Network of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technology for Development’ (NEED) project is a collaborative effort between the Poly, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences that aims to create a research network in the field of renewable energies in Southern Africa. The NEED initiative forms part of the Intra-Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) mobility scheme and is funded by the European Union for a three-year period.
Representatives from the four higher education institutions recently met for a second NEED project meeting at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre in the Erongo Region after which representatives from Ingolstadt University met with Tjivikua to brief him on the activities and objectives of the NEED Project.
The initiative aims to harness the resources of the project partners to establish structures for the development and sharing of technical know-how in the area of renewable energies. The NEED Project also serves as a platform to solicit the involvement of industry and governmental stakeholders. The development of dual study programmes at the partner institutions, and the pooling of research activities among the institutions in the field of renewable energies are core activities currently underway.
“This initiative comes at an opportune time, considering the predicted energy supply shortfall in the region,” Tjivikua said.