ECREE ,Koforidua Technical University build capacity on solar thermal energy exploitation in Ghana ECREE ,Koforidua Technical University build capacity on solar thermal energy exploitation in Ghana
The ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE ),has began processes to help Ghana exploit the abundant solar thermal energy potential for... ECREE ,Koforidua Technical University build capacity on solar thermal energy exploitation in Ghana

The ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE ),has began processes to help Ghana exploit the abundant solar thermal energy potential for domestic ,Commercial and industrial use.

Ghana’s geographic location around the equatorial sun-belt  provides strategic advantage to exploit the abundant solar energy resources to fix its energy needs ,however ,the opportunity has not be tapped .

The exploitation  and installation of thermal energy systems in Ghana will  help heat water for domestic and Commercial purposes particularly for Hospitals,Schools,industries ,hotels and homes thereby reducing the stress on the national grid and fossil fuel base energy supply in Africa .

 Due to this ,ECREE in partnership with AEE- Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE-INTEC) and Koforidua Technical University (KTU) have  kicked start a three-day training of  trainer’s Workshop on Solar thermal technology to facilitate the deployment and installation of the application across the Country. The participants mostly Professionals from more than 30 institutions  will be imparted with theoretical and practical framework of solar thermal energy systems ,designing ,building ,installing and upgrading of  Solar thermal systems.

At the opening ceremony of the workshop, Mr.Joarel Barros ,communication officer at ECREE, explained that,through it Solar Thermal Capacity Building and Demonstration program ( SOLTrain West Africa ) , factors such as low awareness ,Political ,technological and capacity building barriers inhibiting the viral deployment of the Solar  thermal technology would be removed .

He added that, “such capacity building initiatives are highly important if the ultimate purpose is to convert kilobytes of information to kilowatts of energy and let such energy transform people’s life for better ,as it powers them socially and economically “.

Mr.Rudolf Moschik ,a represented of AEE- INTEC ,on his part said with the exponential population of Africa estimated to hit 2 billion in 2050,there is the urgent need to Switch from the current dependent on fossil based energy system to renewable and sustainable .

The Vice Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University ,Prof.(Mrs) Smile Dzisi stated that following the invitation and participation in ECREE four (4) year SOLTrain West Africa Project in 2015, the University has successfully implemented phase -one of the project which led to the production of a comprehensive Country Market Report on Solar Thermal Water Heating and Drying of Agricultural Products  for Ghana. She added that ,implementation of Phase two of the project which covers monitoring of installed Solar Water Heating system at some selected sites  Ghana and the capacity Building of Professionals in Solar Thermal Systems and Applications.

Background 

 It is estimated that about 600,000  people  most of them Children die annually in Africa due to inhalation of toxic fumes from firewood.

But Research has revealed that solar thermal energy has the potential to replace entirely the use of electricity, fossil resources or biomass energy to heat water in Africa due to the abundance of virtually uninterrupted sunshine in the subregion.

The ECOWAS Solar Thermal Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme is to achieve the goals of the sub-region on renewable energy and energy efficiency adopted by the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in 2013, which ratified solar thermal as a least-cost sustainable energy technology and set specific targets for its use to meet sanitary and industrial hot water needs in the region .