First of its kind, solar energy laboratory to be built in RMU

By Michael Abayateye
The launch of the 10th Anniversary

A world class solar energy laboratory, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region is to be built at the Regional Maritime University in Accra.

The facility forms part of the University's agreement with REDAVIA GmbH (Germany), solar energy providers, to offer renewable energy support to the school.

The move, recommended by government would go a long way to reducing electricity tariffs that's putting significant strain on the University’s budget.

This was announced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Elvis Nyarko, at the 11th Congregation and official launch of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the University in Accra on Saturday.

“The agreement has been entered into and the necessary installation works will begin soon. Beyond the solar farm implementation, REDAVIA will also support the introduction and establishment of a Renewable Energy Institute in collaboration with the RMU in Ghana,”he stated.

The Prof Nyarko continued that REDAVIA will also build a world class solar energy laboratory on campus at no cost to the University. This will make RMU the first university to have such a facility in the sub-region, to train students in solar technology to the highest level"

Such involvement by REDAVIA, he said will facilitate knowledge transfer and support staff to build the curriculum, to prepare RMU students for engineering jobs in the sector as well as boost the development of renewable energy sources for Ghana and Africa at large.

A total of 441 students graduated at the ceremony with bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in various fields.

The VC urged the graduates to take advantage of the several opportunities available in the Maritime sector to become useful to society.

“The discovery of oil and gas by countries along the Gulf of Guinea, expansion and modernization of ports and harbours in the sub-region coupled with increasing number of ships coming to our ports, present enormous opportunities,” he stated.

Activities lined up for the 10th anniversary celebrations include, Public Lectures, Alumni Homecoming, Award of Honorary Doctorate degrees, Job Fairs, Fundraising Dinner Dance and Grand Durbars.