KNUST To Install Weather Stations

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in partnership with the International Institute for Water Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso are to install two weather stations to collect primary data to aid in Solar Energy Resources Assessment. The two institutions have also advanced plans to also install experimental grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems and conduct knowledge networking and sharing activities. This was disclosed by the Provost of the College of Engineering of KNUST, Professor Samuel I.K. Ampadu at the opening of a three-day International Solar Energy Experts workshop at The Energy Centre of the university on the theme �Solar capacity upgrading project.� Professor Ampadu said the College of Engineering considers renewable energy as crucial to the development of any nation and it is in this vein that it has fashioned out programmes for that cause. The Provost stated that the College will continue with its role to transform and lead the nation�s technological development through collaborating with sister institutions across Africa and beyond to inaugurate a new era of rapid development. To achieve this feat, Prof. Ampadu said the College has invested millions of dollars in the modernisation of laboratories, upgrading of staff in the engineering programmes, especially in petroleum engineering. Professor Ampadu was full of praise to the World Bank for providing support in the area of energy studies and research through the Clean Energy Investment Framework Multi Donor Trust Fund. He intimated that the College will continue to encourage the female in the engineering programmes that are male-dominated and acknowledged the contribution and effort of the Women in Engineering (WINE), a student association for encouraging the females pursuing the engineering programmes. In speech read on his behalf by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Donkor; the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor W.O. Ellis said the university is finalising arrangments to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) which is aimed to enhance the capacities to better respond to the needs of people.