SOLTRAIN
SOLTRAIN:
The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative

Written by Dr. Edwin Matlotse on 22 February 2018
Dr. Edwin Matlotse gives the welcoming address
The Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) of the University of Botswana (UB) recently launched the Botswana Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap (BSTTR) along with its implementation plan, a key output of the Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) programme.

The proceedings started with a welcome address by the CERC director, Edwin Matlotse, during which the value of BSTTR the importance was emphasized, considering the policy vacuum with regards to solar thermal specifically in Botswana currently.

AEE-INTEC’s Werner Weiss gave a regional overview of SOLTRAIN achievements to date in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, congratulating Botswana for being the last participant to join the project but yet being on par with the rest of the SOLTRAIN partners who have benefited from their participation during the first and second phases. Dr. Edwin Matlotse gives the welcoming address.

The roadmap is a rigorous six-phase process sanctioned by the Botswana Solar Thermal Technology Platform. According to Prof. Andrew Obok Opok, the roadmap will run from 2018 until 2030. Opok also presented financial data regarding different solar thermal systems in various sectors, both public and private, during the period under consideration.

Proceedings were concluded with stakeholders commending the UB project team for compiling the BSTTR document and expressing thanks to the programme sponsors.