The Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted two workshops from the 15th to the 20th of May 2023. These workshops are part of the SOLTRAIN+ initiative and took place at the new High Tech Transfer Plaza Select Centre in Windhoek, Namibia. The primary objective of these workshops is to provide training and increase knowledge and awareness of renewable heating and cooling technologies (RHC), such as solar thermal, heat pumps, and energy efficiency, including excess heat recovery.
The workshops saw an impressive turnout, with over 50 participants expressing keen interest in the offered courses. They marked the initial phase of a series of training activities aimed at enhancing knowledge and awareness of RHC technologies across various sectors such as buildings, industry and commerce, tourism, and hospitals.
One of SOLTRAIN+'s core objectives is to foster an advanced level of expertise that extends beyond the project itself. This involves equipping well-trained trainers who can offer these services. The trainings will be conducted in collaboration with experts from AEE INTEC, alongside local experts from partner institutions. Previous attendees of train-the-trainer courses will also be included.
Within the SOLTRAIN+ initiative, over 60 trainings are planned, which will engage approximately 800 experts and involve about 140 trainers across six partner countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. This comprehensive approach seeks to expand knowledge and expertise on renewable heating and cooling technologies, not only in the SOLTRAIN+ partner countries but also in other nations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).