Banket High school, Zimbabwe

Banket High school, Zimbabwe

Christopher Schulze analyzing the soil in St. Ruper Mayer mission station

Christopher Schulze analyzing the soil in St. Ruper Mayer mission station

Michael Mayr at 10 metres of height installing a wind measurement system

Michael Mayr at 10 metres of height installing a wind measurement system

Students of University of Zimbabwe

Students of University of Zimbabwe

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Hamachers lecture at Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Hamachers lecture at Technical University of Munich

Rising ceremony at Banket High School, Zimbabwe

Rising ceremony at Banket High School, Zimbabwe

Shtefi Mladenovska interviewing the wife of a local chief in Makonde, Zimbabwe

Shtefi Mladenovska interviewing the wife of a local chief in Makonde, Zimbabwe

Our Vision

Motivated by various student and research projects of Technical University of Munich in Africa and the massive interest of students in sustainable development there was born the idea of an international and interdisciplinary research network for Africa in 2016, TU eMpower Africa. TU Munich wants to contribute in reducing woes in Africa by an innovative approach of cooperation including students and researchers of 7 faculties: Electrical and Computer Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering - TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan - TUM School of Management - TUM School of Education - TUM School of Governance. They cooperate with students and researchers of selected African universities as well as with local African communities and regional stakeholders from social, business and governmental sector.

After identifying local potentials and needs, innovative solutions are developed how to self-empower African communities by applications of energy, water and food technologies. Renewable energies play a key role within these concepts, because energy is necessary for all kind of economic development in our times. Electricity from renewable energies like Solar Home Systems or small-scale wind turbines are economically feasible even in regions with very low purchase power such as most parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus development can be achieved decentral and apart from unreliable, national structures. This research is intended to be done in several regions of Africa such as Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia in order to identify various patterns for solutions, which are reasoned by the differing conditions to be found in these different regions. The research is conducted each in an urban, a semi-urban and a rural site in every of these partner countries to identify both the differences and the inter-correlations between these different locations based on their differing needs and potentials. So far TU eMpower Africa is just an idea supported by various excellent students, researchers and institutions inside and outside TUM. With your support TUM can leverage these potentials in order to contribute a small, but relevant part to empower Africa.

Film

In September 2016 four students traveled to Zimbabwe - the first country of TU eMpower Africa - in order to work on their master’s thesises. They were researching in Kubatana (township in the capital Harare), Banket (community of 10.000 people in the countryside) and the mission station St. Rupert Mayer (very remote community). The students were accompanied by a film crew, watch the clip to get to know more about their experience and the spirit of TU eMpower Africa.


watch the film

Projects

How to assess the renewable resource potential in a developing country

Christopher Schulze’s work is a multidisciplinary data acquisition and renewable resource potential assessment within the Nexus of Food, Water and Energy in Zimbabwe. He wanted to find out which data can be obtained by online GIS applications proving its quality and resolution. He used and assessed different GIS data sets and tools (IRENA, Harmonized World Soil Database etc.) that provide information about electrification demand and solar, wind, soil, and water potentials around three Zimbabwean missionary stations. The approach of his work is to approve and assembly all available pieces of information retrieved from GIS-based data, expert knowledge and ground measurements.

Contact for further information
info@tu-empower-africa.org

How to assess the renewable resource potential in a developing country
Feasibility study für Do-It-Yourself Windpower

Feasibility study for Do-It-Yourself Windpower

Michael Mayr’s thesis analyses the feasibility of power supply by small-scale wind turbines in Zimbabwe in order to understand if there is a potential existing for this technology in the country. To gain the required data regarding the wind speeds a low-cost wind measurement station that is controlled by a Raspberry Pi Zero, powered by a Micro-PV-Battery-System and sending its measured data by UMTS to a cloud server once a day was developed and installed at three sites in Zimbabwe. To analyze the potential of local manufacturing, the availability and costs of materials, skills and tools was investigated during visits of Zimbabwean schools, vocational training centers, universities and local workshops. To obtain information about electricity demands, e.g. of hospitals, schools and households a questionnaire, measurements and interviews of local experts were carried out.

Contact for further information
info@tu-empower-africa.org

How gender shapes climate change adaptation

Shtefi Mladenovska’s thesis analyzes how gender differences in interaction with other socio-economic variables influence in climate change perceptions and adaptation strategies. She analyzed these effects in a place-specific context (urban, semi-urban and rural).

Contact for further information
info@tu-empower-africa.org

How gender shapes climate change adaptation
Small scale crop production and water availability

Small scale crop production and water availability

Salu Oluwaseun has analyzed small scale crop production in Zimbabwe depending on water costs and availability. His goal is to identify profitable crops, to simulate crops yield under different water availability scenarios and to optimize farmers’ resources to maximize their profits.

Contact for further information
info@tu-empower-africa.org

How to design a research network, that is attractive to German companies

Franziska Kailer is working on the topic how HR representatives of German corporations use CSR to attract new employees. Her research will support the development of TU eMpower Africa towards an attractive research network for corporate partners who are looking for a valuable CSR involvement as well as fostering their attractiveness to future employees.

Contact for further information
info@tu-empower-africa.org

How gender shapes climate change adaptation

Contact

TU eMpower Africa

Technical University of Munich
Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems
Parkring 37
85748 Garching

Tel.: +49 89 289 10484
johannes.winklmaier@tum.de
www.ens.ei.tum.de

Redaktion:
Gerd Henghuber Kommunikation
www.henghuber.de

Film und Fotos:
Christian Ender
www.cender.de

Programmierung:
Web Entwicklung Markus Dübbert
www.markusduebbert.de

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