Our Educational Concept
Our goal is to create awareness and concrete knowledge about the possibilities of solar energy in the local Ethiopian context and thus, to enable a sustainable and long-term use of this technology locally. Raising awareness, knowledge transfer and above all practical training are therefore elementary components of our concept to pave the way for a sunny future in Ethiopia.
For this purpose, we are building sustainable structures for the training of African solar engineers. Since 2009, under the direction of Sahay Solar and the University of Applied Sciences Southern Switzerland SUPSI, a competence center for solar energy has been established at the Arba Minch University (AMU) in Ethiopia.
Tasks of the Solar Competence Center
Practice-oriented training of students in the field of ‘renewable energy’“
Further development of the existing curricula for the bachelor and master courses, Train-the-Trainer programs
Issue of certificates for passed AST course participation
Data collection of solar equipment under local environmental conditions to derive from ‘bestpractices’
Research opportunities for students in the context of bachelor’s and master’s theses
Adaption of components for local use
Training offers for local electricians/architects etc.
Information on solar technology for local citizens
The Solar Competence Center offers AMU engineering students the opportunity to specialize in solar technology. Under the guidance of the local Ethiopian lecturers trained by Sahay and the University of Applied Sciences Southern Switzerland, advanced training courses were held twice a year for over 600 AMU students and employees. Students are encouraged to conduct basic experiments, to test ideas and to generate local experience data.
Our trainings aim not only to provide concrete knowledge, but also to create a basic awareness of the existence and potential of solar energy under local conditions, and are therefore geared to the largest possible number of participants with different backgrounds, including employees of local NGOs and the regional government.
Since the completion of the Solar Competence Center, we have had the opportunity to conduct the Solar Training even more specifically and application-oriented. In this respect, we have redesigned the Solar Training and have, in cooperation with the AMU, created the Advanced Solar Training (AST).
3 days of solar training for over 40 engineering students and AMU employees.
3 days of solar training for over 70 engineering students and AMU employees.
3 days of solar training for over 200 engineering students and AMU staff, 17 of whom attended an additional workshop on “Wind energy and the construction of a wind turbine from local materials”.
2 days solar training and 1 day workshop on wind and hydropower for 85 engineering students and AMU staff.
2 days of solar training and introductory course about current challenges in the field of environment, social affairs and economy in Ethiopia. Further topics: global and national energy situation, demand for renewable energies in general and entrepreneurial opportunities through solar power supply in regions without grid access. For a total of 70 engineering students and AMU employees.
Kick off Advanced Solar Training