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Thirty Mozambican technicians are currently training as solar water heating system technicians at the National Company of Science and Technology Parks in Manhiça district, Maputo province, on Monday.
The “Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative” (SOLTRAIN) project, whose goal is to provide access to clean energy sources with a focus on mitigating the effects of climate change, is now in its fourth implementation phase.
The two-day course started on Monday and is for technicians from institutions operating in the field of solar thermal energy and other project partners.
According to a statement cited by Noticias, the training aims to improve the ability of Mozambicans to handle solar thermal and cooling systems, and improve the performance of existing systems – all with a view to expanding and developing the use of renewable energy resources.
In its previous phase, the project invested in the installation of solar panel water heating systems in hospitals and hotels, to fill the energy deficit of the national grid and contribute to universal access to energy.
This last phase took place between April 2016 and December 2019, and was coordinated by the Mozambican National Science and Technology Parks Company (ENPCT, EP) in partnership with Mozambique Electricity (EDM), the National Energy Fund (FUANE), and the Faculty of Engineering of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM).
As revealed at the time by programme coordinator Geraldo Nhumaio, when the technology is well-established in the city and province of Maputo, the idea is to extend it to more regions of the country, hopefully reducing consumption of wood as fuel.
The choice of hospitals at that stage was justified, among other reasons, by the financial difficulties that the health sector faced in energy acquisition, especially in rural regions.
In addition to Mozambique, the SOLTRAIN project covers South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe – countries between them intending to install one million solar heaters in residential areas by 2030.Source: Noticias
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