The German Exchange Academic Service (DAAD) sponsored the Summer School which was held under the theme “Energy and Development Challenges and Opportunities,” at the Ernst-Abbe Hochschule (Jena University of Applied Sciences).
Tanastwa Chasi, a Civil Engineering student, Henock Hakaala and Shilyomunhu Dionisius, both Mining and Process Engineering students, described their time at the Summer School at Jena as the most outstanding opportunity of their lives.
“We have seen and discovered things our fellow students at NUST have not seen, especially in the energy sector,” said Chasi, while Shilyomunhu added: “We were joined by other students, loving people, from Jordan, awesome South African students, and most importantly of all, the German students, who were more caring and welcomed us with a big heart.”
According to Hakaala, the Summer School, the first one he has ever attended, was an eye opener that assured him that upon completion of his studies, he will be able to tackle various social challenges around Renewable Energy Resources.
“Topics such as Energy and Climate, Power Grids, Storage, Power to Gas and Power to Heat and Solar Thermal Energy, were very interesting and applicable to our situation,” Hakaala said.
The group also visited some of the more well-known Jena power plants which operate on a combined cycle of gas, steam and turbine.
“We were also fortunate to visit the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), located in Leipzig, and which focuses on bio-energy research and consulting,” Shilyomunhu said.
The students agreed that the lecture that stole their hearts was the one on Introduction to Rural Electrification that uncovered strategies aimed at overcoming the lack of access to electricity. The Namibian students returned convinced that Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) will be the answer to the woes of thousands of Namibians still living without access to electricity.