Clean-Tech to develop national relevance in renewable energy
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) through the Clean-Tech Centre, has started developing a nationally relevant renewable energy test bed facility within its premises at the park during the year. This information was contained in the company’s latest release of its annual report made available to biztechafrica.
“The facility would give opportunities for companies with renewable energy products to demonstrate their technologies through a test and demonstration environment accessible to the local market,” said information emanating from the report.
“Thus the facility shall be central to the adoption, testing and commercialisation of renewable energy technologies in the local context. This is expected to raise awareness about renewable energy and in the process, increase their uptake,” explained the same statement.
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has partnered with Lund University and Krinova Science Park in Sweden to establish a CleanTech Centre of Expertise programme within the Botswana Innovation Hub, with support from the Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The programme is meant to establish a hub for research and business development on Clean Technologies with relevance to Botswana, Swedish partners, and their stakeholders.
Here in Botswana, CleanTech business cuts across the four focus areas of BIH as it entails coming up with innovations and technologies for a greener, cleaner, low-carbon, resource efficient and socially-inclusive development path. The programme promotes innovation that answers environmental concerns to global challenges such as water and air pollution, biomass and water depletion, and climate change.