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.