A major ingredient for economic growth is energy. As the economy expands, so does energy demand! Subsequently, with the use of different fuel mix options, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are released into the atmosphere which contribute to global warming (impacting air quality).
Improving energy efficiency is often the most economic and readily available means of improving energy security.
The Network of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technologies for Development (NEED) project, funded by the EU through the THI aims to set up and institutionalise a ‘Network of Excellence’ by interlinking existing and successful renewable energy technology (RET) initiatives, institutions and experts in southern Africa. During the project implementation period, the network is active in three so‐called ‘fields of activity’. These include formulating research policies; developing industry standards and enhancing practical education. In addition, the project aims to demonstrate, based on model regions, technical options of renewable energies for typical local environments, especially rural environments. For this purpose, wetlands ('Fossil‐Free Wetlands’) in Botswana and drylands ('Renewable Mini‐Grid Drylands') in Namibia were selected. Each local member of the project consortium is responsible for one activity. In Namibia, the consortium partner is the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
A team from NUST is currently collecting and evaluating Energy Production and Consumption Data at Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, including within the Topnaar Community. They will analyse measures and activities rolled-out in the past to contribute to a more sustainable energy production and consumption situation at the Gobabeb premises.