Germany pledges to develop strong renewable energy


The German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. John Rudiger, has pledged Germany’s readiness to assist Ghana to develop a strong renewable energy sector as part of its contribution to the development of the country.

The Ambassador mentioned the establishment of solar energy demonstration centres at the Accra Polytechnic to help students to understand solar energy issues.

He announced this in Kumasi when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. William Otoo-Ellis, last week to develop new partnership agreements in the areas of science and technology.

Prof. Otoo-Ellis recounted the good relationship between Germany and KNUST which had significantly benefited the country in diverse ways.

He commended the German government for its unflinching support towards the training of many Ghanaians which had impacted positively on the nation’s development.

The Director of the Energy Centre at the KNUST, Dr. Gabriel Tachie, indicated that the university is collaborating with Germany to research into diverse projects such as biogas generation and solar energy among other initiatives.

One of such projects, he said, was the West Africa Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adopted Land Use (WASCAL), a large-scale research-focused programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, adding that plans were underway towards the opening of a biogas laboratory and e-waste plants in the country to support research and development.