The Maternity Ward at Windhoek’s Katutura State Hospital is now meeting all its hot water needs through solar following the installation of a state-of-the-art solar water heating system by the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), through the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI).
NUST recently commissioned the thermal system comprising a 120 m2 collector area, corresponding to 84 kWth. The project was implemented by NUST under the SOLTRAIN project on behalf of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). Half the funding was provided by SOLTRAIN, which is sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), while MME provided the remainder.
Out of the eight subsystems that make up the main solar water heating system at Katutura State Hospital, the maternity ward’s system was selected as the first one to be successfully refurbished.