The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has benefitted from a training project organized by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP) of the Republic of Ghana.
The project dubbed “Ghana China South-South Cooperation project” is aimed at addressing climate change which the NDRC of the People’s Republic of China agreed to provide goods to MoEP in order to enhance its domestic capacity in combating climate change.
Mr. Emmanuel Yeboah, who has been working on the project, briefed gijonlinenews.com on the training which “focused on the installation of inverter air condition, a solar home system and also a solar street light.”
According to him, companies such as Zhejiang Yankon Group Co. Ltd, SPARK solar Technologies and Midea Group all from China took turns to train over 40 participants (students, technicians and some staff) in the installation of these devices
Trainees of UENR since then have installed about 50 LED street lights on the university campus.
“The Solar Home System which is a Complete Solar DC device uses solar module to charge a battery and then provides energy during the night. It is basically designed for communities off the grid and has 3 DC bulbs and 3 ports for charging mobile phones with an in-built radio receiver.”
The fundamentals and installation of Inverter Air conditioners made participants understand the working principle of inverter ACs.
These systems would be distributed to off-grid areas like Western North, Eastern Volta, as well as some areas in the Ashanti region and Brong-Ahafo which will involve both the supply of the system and its installation in these said areas. The objective is to contribute to increased electricity access in the country.
The project was officially handed over to UENR at the Chinese Embassy in Accra on June 30th 2017, and about 120 students from UENR have been trained to help in the installation of these systems. Other Universities like University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), University for Development Studies (UDS), and University of Education – Winneba campus have however benefitted from this training.
Mr. Emmanuel Yeboah, one of the project coordinators and an alumnus of the school laments that delay in securing funds for installation costs and feeding of “technicians” that are involved in the installation still remains one major challenge of the project.
Story by: Victoria Awuah (l300 JNC).