SOLTRAIN
SOLTRAIN:
The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative

[Botswana] SOLTRAIN’s Second Dissemination Training Course

Written/submitted by Prof. E. Matlotse on 30 July 2018
Group photo of the participants in front of the solar trailer

The University of Botswana Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) held the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) project’s second dissemination training course at the end of May, 2018.

Ten individuals were trained, including four from the Department of  Energy  (DoE).  Two  of the DoE participants were permanent staff members and two were attached students from the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. Another two participants were technicians from the Maruapula Secondary School and, with an additional two individuals from Pumping Fuel company. The remaining two participants were private individuals.

In the opening address, Prof. E. Matlotse restated that  this  was  the  second  of  the five training courses which are planned for SOLTRAIN III

The first training course was held in the third quarter of 2017 in which 20 Ministry of Basic Education technicians coming from all the 9 national districts were trained. The next training course will be held in Maun.

Prof. E. Matlotse added that the project is intended to position the country  to  be able to implement the Botswana Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap (BSTTP) which  is  one  of the key outputs of SOLTRAIN. In turn, the country would make gains  in  the  reduction  of greenhouse-gas emissions, thereby contributing to climate mitigation.

The second training course  was  three-days  in duration, with participants being awarded certificates upon completion.

The training was administered by the UB team under the CERC and included the efforts of were Prof. E. Matlotse, Prof. A. Obok Opok, Mr. O. T. Masoso, Mr. O. Seretse and Mr. M. Lethapa.