The meeting was attended by representatives from Government, NUST, the Okavango Research Institute, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, the University of Zambia and Germany’s Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said at the opening of the meeting: “It makes perfect sense to move away from the use of coal and diesel oil as sources of electrical energy. I am pleased that the NEED project interlinks successful initiatives, research institutions, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and national and local public decision-makers in the domain of Renewable Energy Technologies (RET).”
NUST, through the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), is collaborating with the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) to ensure that the houses constructed through the Mass Housing Project are equipped with solar water heaters.
Nico Snyders of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that expertise in the design, installation and maintenance of solar water heating systems is still inadequate in Namibia. “We encourage new projects to work on appropriate curricula at our universities so that engineers and technicians are trained,” he said.
The NEED project is part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Cooperation Programme that is being implemented over a period of three years.