The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has teamed up with other institutions to ride an electronic motorcycle, which will be powered by solar energy.
Electric bikes to be fitted with meters, using renewable energies, will be recharged in designated charging stations at the University.
The project is estimated at around $ 357,000 and will be funded by the German government.
The University of Applied Sciences of Bochum and Don Bosco are the main partners of the project.
The project aims to reduce climate change and carbon emissions by examining the use of renewable energies in the transport sector.
In this perspective, a memorandum of understanding between UENR and the University of Applied Sciences of Bochum in Germany was signed during a launch workshop organized by the partners in Sunyani.
Ing. Dr Eric Antwi Ofosu, director of the Regional Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, said that after launching the project and signed agreements, they will proceed with the installation of the charging systems.
According to him, the bikes will be slaughtered for the 3-year project which will start in 2021.
He said UENR is conducting a pilot study and research to see how sustainable it will be.
“We look at our road designs and provide opportunities for motorcycle lanes, and then we can project such a project. And our abundant solar energy is becoming useful in our transportation sector. Fuel prices continue to rise, and if we can use solar power then that will be a good thing because that is what UENR stands for where we can use energy sustainably in all sectors. “, did he declare.
Ing. Dr Antwi Ofosu, who is also a lecturer in the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering at UENR, explained: “We have Don Bosco in Tema as a partner, who has a charging system. There will also be a charging system at the UENR so that people can come and recharge the bike. The bike will have a meter that will show how much energy is available at any one time. We will put some electric motorcycles across town where people will pay something for it and can drive it through town ”.
UENR Vice-Chancellor Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako said the project also aims to provide reliable and clean energy to meet SDG 7.
He noted that it will also help the University generate more solar energy to power electric motorcycles, especially when students are on vacation.
Again, excess energy could be funneled to other areas of the University or sold to the public to help generate funds for more research studies to strengthen the image of the University and the project. could be extended to other universities, making UENR and Don Bosco a center of excellence.
He added that the project will reduce the energy demand on the national grid and reduce costs while the bicycles will improve the circulation of students and staff within the University, as it will be cost effective.
He therefore appealed to the government through the Ministry of Transport to support the project to revive the production of renewable energy and its use to meet the vision of the establishment of the UENR.
For her part, Bono Regional Minister Justina Owusu Banahene noted that the government’s plan to increase the renewable energy mix by 2030 is still on track and commended UENR for having around 90% of its streetlights using solar energy while challenging them to expand it. beyond university.
The Minister pledged the support of the Regional Coordinating Council of Bono for the implementation of the MoNaL project in the region.