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International Climate Protection Fellowship

04.10.2016 - We'd like to draw your attention to a fellowship programme for climate experts from developing countries to spend one year in Germany – e.g. at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Institute of New Energy Systems. We would be happy to serve as host institution!

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2017.

For more details visit https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/icf.html
 


Looking back – DII-2016 Conference “Achieving Solutions For Renewable Energy And Sustainable Development”  & Summit “Renewable Energy Technologies for Development” organized by NEED

13.09.2016 - From 31 August to 2 September, the DII-2016 took place in Livingstone, Zambia. This year’s focus was on  renewable energy, general infrastructure development and investment in Africa. A team of 14 NEED members from the University of Zambia, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, the Okavango Research Institute, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology also participated in this event. NEED Project Leader Prof Wilfried Zörner (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt) was invited to give a key note on “Why are Renewables so successful in Germany?”. The conference, which was held at the Chrismar Hotel, was an excellent platform for the NEED team to present the NEED project to a broad international audience of leaders, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders in infrastructure development and energy related issues - in the framework of the conference, the NEED team was granted the opportunity to organize its own summit on Renewable Energy Technologies and presented the current status and achievements of the Work Packages “Research strategies”, “Dual Studies”, “Industry Standards”, “Fossil-free Wetlands” and “Renewable Mini- Grid Drylands”.

The NEED team wants to express again its gratitude towards the DII-2016 Organising Committee for the fruitful collaboration and the successful DII-2016 Conference and NEED Summit!

The DII-2016 Conference is part of the DII Conference series on Infrastructure Development and Investment in Africa which aims to provide an international forum for leaders, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders in infrastructure development to discuss, evaluate and devise ways of maximizing benefits from infrastructure development in Africa and achieve outputs that will inform policy. It is jointly organized by Copperbelt University (Zambia), University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and University of Zambia.

The conference proceedings (DII and RET Summit) are available at:

5th NEED project meeting & site visits
Embedded in the three-day conference was the 5th NEED project meeting chaired by the University of Zambia. The team members shared not only about the current status of activities and achievements made so far, but also discussed intensively the future of NEED, as the ultimate goal is the establishment of a sustainable network on Renewable Energy Technologies beyond the project end. After these intense conference and meeting days, the team looked forward to visiting Olga’s project, the Youth Community Training Center (YCTC), and the Libuyu Community Biogas Plant, both located in Libuyu, a rural area close to Livingstone downtown.  


REMINDER

International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access

The conference “Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access” will take place in Bad Hersfeld, Metropolitan area Frankfurt, Germany, from 21-23 September 2016. The conference merges three very successful conferences into one, namely:

  • PV-Hybrids and Mini-Grids (7 editions)
  • Small PV Applications (4 editions), and
  • Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation (1 edition).

This joining of forces aims at the implementation of more comprehensive, higher impact conference which is focusing on PV and other renewable energy based electricity, solar thermal systems and policy, government and donor programmes. The objective of the event is the consolidation of knowledge around solutions that have proven to work and their enabling factors, the presentation of different models of financing, business models and technologies that enable the fast uptake of such solutions and to provide new roads for research and innovation.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 20, 2016. Organizer of the conference is the Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut e.V. (OTTI). The conference is sponsored by the Austrian Development Cooperation.

For more information please visit: www.energy-access.eu. [Source: OTTI]


Meeting in Würzburg in order to come to know each other better: the participants of the first BRIAS symposium. (Photo: Marco Bosch)

On 11 July 2016, more than 40 Africa researchers from the cities of Bayreuth, Ingolstadt, Neu-Ulm, and Würzburg came together in Würzburg for a first workshop of the Bavarian Research Institute of African Studies (BRIAS). BRIAS was founded in Bayreuth in February 2014 as a joint network of four Bavarian institutions with Africa-related research activities. Among the activities that the Institute of new Energy Systems of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt presented was the Network of Energy Excellence for Development (NEED). More

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Her Excellency Tswelopele Cornelia Moremi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana in Berlin, was the honorary guest of this Round Table (Source: Thilo Schotte)

Business Breakfast Botswana

29.06.2016 - On 16 June 2016, the Munich Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK München) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic Botswana organised a so- called 'Business Breakfast Botswana'. Topics in focus of this Round Table were the business and development potentials of Botswana. Honorary guest was Her Excellency Tswelopele Cornelia Moremi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana in Berlin. Amongst the invited expert group was Prof Wilfried Zörner, Head of Institute of new Energy Systems (InES) at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI).

In addition to this gathering, Prof Zörner had the chance to personally meet the Ambassador and to present more in detail the international projects that THI is currently carrying out with partners in Botswana: the 'Network of Energy Excellence for Development (NEED)' project and the 'Academic Initiative for Renewables (AIR)' project. Topics in focus of this talk were research on Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) and higher education (including 'dual studies') in Botswana as well as funding opportunities for future joint research projects in Botswana. The event in Munich was in every sense an excellent platform to promote the international activities of the InES in the field of RET and to network with relevant stakeholders.

 

Participants of the 'Business Breakfast Botswana': On the right side (first person from the bottom), Her Excellency Tswelopele Cornelia Moremi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana in Berlin; on the left side (second person from the top), Prof Wilfried Zörner (Source: Thilo Schotte)


NEED project article on pages 6/7

Etango Magazine March-April 2016

11.05.2016 - The lates Etango Magazine March - April 2016 with a publication of the NEED project " NEED Project tackles Renewable Energy obstacles" on pages 6/7 is available now.


International Day at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

02.05.2016 - On  20 April, an “International Day“ was organized at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), a platform for students to inform themselves about opportunities to study and work abroad. In different presentations and at a “market of possibilities”, they had the chance to get in touch with different exhibitors like the International Office at THI, BayCHINA (Bavarian Academic Center for China), BFHZ (Bavarian Academic Center for France) and BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation) to gather information about partner universities, scholarships or international activities at THI. The team from the Institute of new Energy Systems (InES) was also present and informed the visitors about the planned international Master's programme in Renewable Energy Systems (completely in English) and two current cooperation projects with Sub-Saharan Africa: the Network of Energy Excellence for Development (NEED) and the Academic Initiative for Renewables (AIR) project.


Third NEED Newsletter Online

25.01.2016 - The third NEED Newsletter is now online available. You can access it in the download area.


NEED project encourages involvement of students

24.11.2015 – Currently eight students from different backgrounds are supporting all kind of activities in the NEED project. Whereas some assist in organizational matters, others work on content related issues or focus on topics related to the NEED project in their degree thesis.

Fabian Junker is studying the master course “Applied Research in Engineering Sciences” at THI. Within his master thesis he works on the topic “Solar energy systems for off-grid rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa (with a focus on Namibia)“. Anna Storr is studying the bachelor course “International Management” with an emphasis on “Green Technologies” in the 7th semester at THI. She assists the NEED project in the fields of project management, networking and public relations activities. David Missbach, bachelor student of the course “Renewable Energy Technologies” at THI, deals in his bachelor thesis with the renewable energy supply of tourist lodges in the Okavango Delta and supports the activities of Work Package 5. Martin Zierer is studying “Renewable Energy Technologies” as well. He works in his bachelor’s thesis on the topic “Developing an energy supply concept for the JP Brandt Primary School in Namibia”. Linda Ehrl is studying “International Management” with an emphasis on “Green Technologies”, too. She writes her bachelor thesis about the institutionalization of the NEED network. Boniface Moganiwa has studied “Mechanical Engineering” at the University of Botswana and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Energy Engineering at BIUST. He works as a research assisant for Work Package 4 “Industry Standards”. Another support for Work Package 4 is Isaiah Mosuthla, who graduated in “Computer Studies with Mathematical Sciences (BSc)” from the University of Sunderland (UK) and is currently doing his masters’ in telecommunications at BIUST (MEng). NUST is in the Work Package 6 "Mini-Grid Drylands" supported by Leonard Nekwaya. He is currently doing the course “Master of Industrial Engineering” and will be responsible for data collection and evaluation of the energy system at the Gobabeb Research Centre in the Namib desert.

For Anna the involvement in the NEED project is an exciting experience: “The NEED project is very interesting as it brings together people from different nationalities (from Germany, Botswana, Namibia etc.) and backgrounds that jointly want to promote renewable energies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The NEED project gives me the opportunity to work in a setting that puts internationality and Green Energies into practice. That’s why it is particularly interesting for me to gain insight into such a cross-national research project with its different tasks and work packages. As a student assistant in NEED, I can support the overall project management and dissemination activities of the NEED team and at the same time learn how such a big project has to be organized.”


3rd NEED Project Meeting in Maun, Botswana

05.10.2015 – From 20th to 23rd September the third NEED Project Meeting took place in Maun, Botswana. The village Maun is known as the “tourism capital” of Botswana and is a famous starting point for visits to the Okavango Delta - one of the world's largest and most intact inland wetland ecosystems. The wetland area of the Okavango Delta lies in the focus of the NEED Work Package 5 “Fossil-Free Wetlands” that is managed by the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) of the University of Botswana (UB).

The meeting was officially opened by the Director of ORI, Prof Wellington R. L. Masamba, and followed by words of welcome of the Project Leader, Prof Wilfried Zörner. During the meeting the progress and achievements of the different Work Packages of the project were presented and discussed in the team as well as a joint agreement on the further project proceedings was made. In addition two workshops were held. One focused on the further specifications for a long-lasting network beyond the end of the official project period and the other one on possible future research topics.

On the last meeting day several local stakeholders in relation with Work Package 5 were invited and barriers and possible options for the wider spread of renewable energy technologies (RETs) in the Okavango Delta analysed, with a special focus on the numerous established higher class tourist lodges. The outcomes of the applied interactive group dialogue method ‘World-Café’ were very fruitful and will be considered in the further implementation of Work Package 5. Among the invited guests for this public part session were Prof Shedden Masupe, Executive Director Technologies at the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), who is a member of the NEED Steering Board, and Mr Wolfgang Moser, Technical Advisor to the SADC Energy division based in Gaborone. A visit to the premises of the Okavango Research Institute with its laboratory facilities for Biology, Chemistry and Geographic Information Systems, its herbarium and its well-equipped library was also part of the programme. In addition, the institute has also a tented camp for visiting students and researchers. At the end of the meeting the local host of the 3rd NEED meeting, Prof Joseph Mbaiwa, thanked all partners and stakeholders for their coming, their contributions and the fruitful discussions.

All in all, the meeting was a great success for the whole project team and several new aspects and inputs for the different Work Packages could be taken home. The next NEED project meeting will take place in Windhoek, Namibia, in March 2016 with the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) as local host.


NEED well represented at the International Conference on Clean Energy for Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries

02.10.2015 – From 16th to 18th September the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) hosted the International Conference on Clean Energy for Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries (CESGDC) at Majestic Five Hotel in Palapye, Botswana under the theme: Trends in Energy Service Provision for Sustainable Development.

The NEED project was well represented at this conference. On the opening day Prof James Katende from BIUST presented the NEED project to the conference audience, furthermore several subject-specific presentations were given by NEED team members from THI, UNZA and ORI. All presentations had a relation to the different Work Packages of the project and were received with great interest by the audience.  NEED Steering Board Member Mr Cheddi Kiravu from the University of Botswana was also present at the conference. The conference provided a great framework for networking activities and some interesting new contacts for the NEED project could be established.

The formal part of the conference was topped off with a visit to the campus of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology and its numerous laboratories as well as with a joint visit to the Moremi Gorge, a natural heritage site close to Palapye.


NEED represented at a public discussion of the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ)

10.09.2015 - "The Economic Cost of Load Shedding"

On the 20th August the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) invited to a public discussion on "The Economic Cost of Load Shedding". The panel included representatives of ZESCO Limited, ZACCI, the NEED project and an economic expert. The panel gave well rounded presentations on current energy issues that are affecting Zambia. Representative of the NEED project was Mwansa Kaoma from the University of Zambia.

An article about this event, which was posted in the Zambia Daily Mail, can be accessed in the download area.


Guest Lecture at Stellenbosch University on Renewable Energies in Germany

21.08.2015 - The NEED network is growing

This month, the NEED Project Leader, Prof Wilfried Zörner, was invited to Stellenbosch University (South Africa) for a guest lecture on renewable energies in Germany. The exchange with the collegues from Stellenbosch University was very fruitful. A return visit is already planned for the end of this year.

The presentation with the title " Renewable Energies in Germany - Status and Development of Energy Markets and Politics" is accessible in the download area.


International Renewable Energy Symposium (IRES) - Namibia

The International Renewable Energy Symposium (IRES) - Namibia, "Renewable energy for economic prosperity", will take place in Windhoek, from 29 - 30 October 2015.

The conference is organised by the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) of the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN). The NEED project is also part of the programme.

Submission deadline for abstracts is the 28 August 2015.

The call for papers is available here.

Details about the conference structure you can see from the programme.


Second NEED Newsletter Online

01.07.2015 - The second NEED Newsletter is now online available. You can access it in the download area.


South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015

The South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015 will take place from October 4-7, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Conference is organised by REN21, free of charge and open to all who work in the field of Renewable Energies.

More information is available here.
Registration at www.sairec.org.za.


International Conference on Clean Energy for Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries (CESGDC'15)

The CESGDC'15 will be held at the Majestic Five Hotel, Palapye, Botswana on 16th -18th September 2015. It is envisaged that the event will be an avenue for driving the objectives of WP4. The objective of the conference is to bring together professionals, academics, researchers, industrialists and policy makers engaged in the assessment, design, service provision, mainstreaming and maintenance of clean energy systems.  The conference theme, Trends in Energy Service Provision for Sustainable Development was conceived to facilitate discussion on the status, growth and impact of clean energy provision. The need for such a conference and its timing cannot be overemphasized.  The impact of non-renewable energy use is manifested in its severe negative effects on the environment; cost, non-availability and non-affordability. When energy provision is not sustainable then health and safety, comfort, productivity, education delivery, poverty eradication, and general standard of living are also compromised.  Effective clean energy must be planned and introduced pragmatically. The conference is expected to provide diverse and relevant inputs into the tasks of WP4.  In particular development of roadmap and institutionalization of standards will need the support, participation, contribution and buy-in of local participants at the conference.  Shared experiences of international delegates at the conference will also be invaluable in contributing to the success of WP4.

The Call for Papers is accessible here.
Registration at www.cesgdc15.com.


2nd NEED Project Meeting in Gobabeb, Namibia

23.04.2015 - From 15th March to 20th March 2015 the second NEED Project Meeting took place at the Gobabeb Research Centre in Namibia. Gobabeb is located in the Namibian desert - positioned in exactly the dryland conditions referred to in Work Package 6 "Renewable Mini-Grid Drylands" (http://www.gobabebtrc.org/).

The Network of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technology for Development (NEED) project is a collaborative effort between the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN), the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) (part of the University of Botswana), the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) Germany. The NEED project aims to create a research network in the field of renewable energies in Southern Africa. This initiative is part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Science and Technology Programme and is funded by the European Union for a three-year period. Representatives from the five partner institutions recently met for a second NEED project meeting at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre in the Erongo Region. During this meeting, participants evaluated the progress of each work package and mapped ways for enhanced cooperation, information sharing and agreed on the next tasks for each partner. After four days of intensive deliberations in the middle of the Namib desert, the group met with the two Namibian Steering Board members: Mr Robert Mwanachilenga and Mr Alfred van Kent, and briefed them on the progress of the group to date.

Following these meetings, project members from THI led by the project leader Prof Wilfried Zörner met with Prof Tjama Tjivikua to brief the Poly Rector on the activities and objectives of the NEED Project. The collaborative 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 countries, and the pooling of research activities amongst the institutions in the field of renewable energies are core activities currently underway.


First NEED Newsletter Online

20.02.2015 - The first NEED Newsletter is now online available. You can access it in the download area.


NEED Flyer Online

09.01.2015 - The NEED flyer is now online available. You can access it in the download area.


NEED Project represented at the Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation in Frankfurt, Germany

15.11.2014 - On 6 and 7 November 2014 the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference organised by OTTI took place in Frankfurt, Germany. About 100 experts for development cooperation and solar specialists from 25 different countries met to discuss the opportunities and challenges of solar energy use in southern countries. The conference was a showcase for real-life examples and lessons learned from several implementation projects.

The NEED project leader Prof Wilfried Zörner and the NEED energy expert Marie Hüneke from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, attended the conference to represent the NEED project and spread information about the NEED network. The presentation held about the NEED project by Prof Wilfried Zörner was very well received by the audience and a lot of participants showed their interested and wanted to get in touch with the project. The participation at the conference can thus be seen as a success for the NEED project and a first step to spread and expand the NEED network.

[Source: OTTI Press Release]


A short contribution about the NEED project was broadcasted by INTV

20.11.2014 - The video was produced during the NEED project meeting in Ingolstadt. Here you can watch the short video from Ingolstadt TV about the visit of the NEED Project Team in Ingolstadt (in German language):


Visitors from Africa at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

20.10.2014 - For five days, scientists and engineers from Botswana, Namibia and Zambia have been visiting the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI). The visit is in connection with a research co-operation that the THI established this year with the African partners in the field of renewable energies.

Specifically, the research project named NEED (Network of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technologies for Development) aims at institutionalizing a research network in renewable energies in Southern Africa. The THI, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, the Okawango Research Institute (part of the University of Botswana), the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Zambia are the founding partners of this network that will be gradually expanded to include other institutions in Africa.

The common objectives of the partners is to build structures for technical know-how dissemination in the field of renewable energies in Africa, to inter-link important stakeholders in the region and to foster the awareness and the political commitment towards renewable energies. The main work packages of the NEED project are the development of dual study programs, the harmonization of industry standards, the consolidation of research activities in renewable energy technologies and the development of energy concepts for two remote model regions – one dryland region and one wetland region. The project runs for three years and is funded by the European Union.

During the visit to Ingolstadt for the first networking meeting in Germany, the participants discussed the project progress to date and the upcoming tasks. Besides, the African guests received insight in the state of teaching and research at the THI through specialist presentations and visits of laboratories given by THI representatives around Project Leader Prof. Dr. Wilfried Zörner (Head of Institute of new Energy Systems, InES). Also, visits to the Ingolstadt Townhall, the Educational Centre Ingolstadt of the Chamber of Trade for Munich and Upper Bavaria and to operators and companies in the region that are engaged in renewable energies were part of the program.

After the intensive project week with the African partners in Ingolstadt, Project Leader Prof. Wilfried Zörner is satisfied: “Our international project team has noticeably grown together since the start of the project on 1st March 2014 and is motivated to implement this ambitious project. It is thereby our aim to search for tailor-made solutions in each country which are suitable for the population.”


NEED Kick-Off Meeting in Zambia

20.04.2014 - From 13th to 16th April the official NEED Kick-Off Meeting took place in Lusaka, Zambia. Besides the getting together and the development of mutual knowledge, the focus of the meeting was put on the coordination of responsibilities and the preparation of the schedule of activities. Furthermore a first network meeting with associate partners and interested institutions from Zambia took place. Together the participants discussed various topics related to renewable energies and the project content, e.g. about research strategies in the field of renewable energies, industry standards or off-grid systems. One part of the meeting was an excursion to two facilities in Lusaka, that are involved in the development of renewable energy technologies in Zambia.

The meeting was regarded as a great success by all partners involved. The next meeting takes place in October 2014 in Ingolstadt, Germany.