The Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, (BMBF) and WASCAL have organized a one-day stakeholders workshop to share views, experiences and ideas on how renewable energies can be used to contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable energy solutions in Ghana by means of research.
The workshop which brought together various expertise from within the energy sector in Ghana was to establish bilateral engagement with Ghana will help in identifying a successful way of carrying out the project.
In his address, the Head of Division 722: Basic Energy Research, of the BMBF, Dr. Christoph Rövekamp indicate that the essence of the workshop was to deepen and intensify BMBF’s research cooperation with Ghana in the area of renewable energy.
“Our intention is to identify local needs in a practice-based approach right from the start. Contributing your knowledge is essential to our cooperation. Our efforts would not have a lasting effect without your involvement”
Dr. Rövekamp then emphasized that the overall outcome of the the workshop, was to help delve into solutions that will bring about sustainable energy supply in the country.
“Ultimately, we would like to launch one or more joint pilot projects in Ghana which will achieve a genuine impact with regard to a sustainable energy supply. And different technology options are thinkable. The development of sound business models for clean energy constitutes an important factor for success. Electricity must be affordable” He added.
Honorable Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation in his key note address cited hands-on ways of generating renewable energies in Ghana, and assured participants that the Government of Ghana will be monitoring the progress of the workshops and project because of its interest in it.