The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, through the Regional Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany to commence a project on Mobility Sustainably thought through the life cycle (MoNaL).
The MoNaL project seeks to create sustainable mobility offers for countries in the sub-Saharan region.
The effect of the offer is holistic covering the entire life cycle – from the production and the design of the vehicles, through the energy supply to the recycling of the vehicles and the energy supply infrastructure – improved and checked by life cycle analyses.
The project would involve technical expertise as part of a pilot implementation in Ghana at the location of the local partner, Don Bosco.
A rental system for e-mopeds and cargo bikes is being technically and economically tested and adapted taking into account local conditions and user requirements.
The stakeholder map for the project involves the public and private sector in the country to ensure sustainability.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako led the UENR team whiles Prof. Dr. Ing. Semih Severengiz represented the Bochum University to sign the MoU at a kick-off workshop on the project held at the Eusbett Hotel, Sunyani, recently.
The Ghanaian participants included the Bono Regional Minister, Miss Justina Owusu Banahene, the academic board of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, and the students.
It was to equip stakeholders in the energy sector with skills in the use of solar energy. The underlying objective is to promote clean energy use in the country.
In a presentation, a researcher with the MONAL project, Mr. Fred Agyei explained that the project sought to provide a cleaner alternative to the traditional fossil fuel used by vehicles.
The team is working to ensure that vehicles use solar energy, which is more environmentally friendly and less expensive.