Research projects

University of Energy makes progress in research projects

In November of this year, the University of Energy and Natural Resources secured € 7 million in funding from the European Commission to implement an action project on the water-energy-food nexus.

The project, called “REFFECT Africa”, which is a partnership with 28 other universities and municipalities in seven countries in Africa and Europe, would demonstrate innovative sustainable energy solutions based on the recovery of agricultural and agro-industrial residues thanks to the biomass gasification.

Its implementation would include the design, construction and installation of three gasification plants as demonstrators in Ghana, Morocco and South Africa.
Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako, the vice-chancellor said when addressing the University’s Sixth Congregation on Saturday in Sunyani.

In a related development, he said that “the University is working with TABCON Energy, a development consultancy firm operating in the renewable energy field in Ghana to provide 10 megawatt hybrid power which would contribute to the national grid, create jobs and would attract foreigners. market through value-added agriculture.

The VC added UENR through the Regional Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES) and the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany had joined Solar Taxi in an outdoor electric motorcycle project.

Professor Asare-Bediako said that the E-micro mobility project in Ghana is a German government funded project that aims to reduce climate change and carbon emissions in the environment with a more sustainable and respectful mode of transport. Energy.

He added that UENR and 11 other institutions had been awarded a project under the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) titled “Partnerships for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) -West Africa “.

Professor Asare-Bediako said the project was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, adding that the PEBL would collaborate with 12 universities in Ghana and Nigeria and focus on building their capacities to design and implement implement blended learning.

The CV explained that the project, with a broader objective, aimed to support the development and sharing of quality-guaranteed and credited blended courses and would aim to improve the performance of universities in the West African sub-region by advancing the innovations in teaching and learning. .

Professor Asare-Bediako said the institution was facing challenges, however, it had funded some projects from its Internally Generated Funds (IGF).
They included two pavilions with a capacity of 200 seats as conference rooms, the renovation and conversion of old staff bungalows into offices for the staff, the modernization of the old auditorium block to make it suitable use, and the acquisition of a 100 KW emergency generator to serve as a rear power unit, he said.

Addressing the graduation statistics later, the VC said 1,753 students, including 119 postgraduates, graduated after completing their respective degree programs.

The number included 1,247 men, representing 71 percent, and 506 women, or 29 percent, said Professor Asare-Bediako.

He said 456 of them were from the School of Sciences, 405 from the School of Engineering, 342 graduated from the School of Natural Resources, 240 were from the School of Arts and Social Sciences, 149 from the School of Agriculture and Technology and 42 from the School of Geosciences.