The dena RES Programme in Namibia: University uses renewable energies

A new pilot project has been launched at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek under dena's Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (dena RES Programme). From now on, the university guest house will produce its own solar power, cutting annual CO2 emissions by 17,000 tonnes. Professor Tjama Tjivikua, Vice Chancellor of NUST, and Christian Matthias Schlaga, German Ambassador to Namibia, took part in the inauguration ceremony on 25 October.

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German technology in use

The consortium between deea solutions and Terrawatt gained a foothold on the Namibian market by launching a photovoltaic and battery system for mounting on the roof of the ‘smal house’. A 16.8 kilowatt-hour battery system backs up the 14.8 kilowatt peak system. All of the components used were made by German manufacturers. The polycrystalline PV modules were made by SI Module in Freiburg, and the inverters by Kaco New Energy in Neckarsulm. Hoppecke from North Rhine-Westphalia supplied the lead batteries for the backup system.

PV specialists from deea and Terrawatt provided training and held workshops with local partners during system installation. The company will use this reference project to collect more information on power outages in the region, in order to develop additional needs-based solutions for Namibia and its neighbours. Moreover, the university can also use the system for teaching and research.

The system in Windhoek is already the 75th project implemented as part of the programme.

dena’s Renewable Energy Solutions Programme

The dena RES Programme offers German businesses in the renewable energy sector the opportunity to implement model projects at prime locations abroad – thereby opening up attractive target markets. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the Energy Export Initiative.

Further information on the dena RES Programme .

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