On November 30th and December 1st, over 40 stakeholders gathered in Cotonou to discuss the role small wind turbines can play in the electrification of Benin. Partners for Innovation presented its feasibility study and outlined an action plan for sector development.
The government of Benin is looking for ways to provide its population with the energy needed for socio-economic development. Especially in rural areas, electricity provides a clear pathway to expanded and sustainable energy access. Renewable energy technologies can play a key role in this. Small wind turbines are part of this renewable energy technology.
In a feasibility study, Partners for Innovation found that potentially more than 30.000, currently unelectrified, households can gain access to electricity generated by turbines in the range of 1 – 10 kW. In addition, we found that within a 5-7 year horizon, more than half of the economic value of the turbines can be created through local assembly, manufacturing and construction taking place in Benin itself. In the manufacturing and construction sector alone this would create 50 to 150 jobs annually.
These results, together with an outline for a small wind sector development roadmap, were presented to over 40 local stakeholders on November 30th and December 1st in the Beninese capital of Cotonou. The participants included ministry representatives, private sector representations, academia and a variety of NGO’s (including NGOs focused on youth and female empowerment). Through this session and the incorporation of feedback from the participants, it will become possible to formulate a clear and thought-through strategy.
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We are happy to introduce our new interns: Sophie van den Berg and Dennis de Wit.
Sustainable solutions in Uganda
Sophie van den Berg is a student Science, Business and Innovation (SBI) at the VU Amsterdam. She’s doing research on sustainable solutions for lodges in Uganda (tourism sector). This research is a follow-up on a previously done research on energy management performed by Wouter Hoogland.
Sophie will also focus on water and waste management and check the feasibility of certain technologies based on technical, economical and social/practical aspects. The sustainable technologies are within the following key areas: sustainable cooking, water purification, sustainable water transport, waste management, farmer technologies, staff training en green certification.
“The research matches my study perfectly. They both focus on working at the crossroads of natural sciences and business. Concepts as ‘innovation’ and ‘sustainability’ are key and in line with my interests. Therefore, I started the research with a lot of enthousiasm and I am looking forward to my results!”
Electric mobility in Amsterdam
Dennis de Wit is also a student Science, Business and Innovation at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The research focuses on the opportunities for electric mobility in the city of Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam has in many areas been active in preserving its environment, yet we have formulated a study that may offer new insights to the city and the business community.
“I ended up with Partners for Innovation, because it is a innovative company, which focuses on sustainable solutions for businesses. Sustainability and innovation are within the education SBI the key terms which are being imprinted by day one. I will tackle this challenge these four months with a lot of drive and energy!”
We are happy to introduce our new colleague Marc Marsidi. He recently joined us at Partners for Innovation as advisor Sustainable Innovation. Marc supports companies and governmental organizations to realize their sustainability goals. He combines his knowledge of the paper and board industry with his experience as an advisor on energy-efficiency (policy).
Marc has experience as a researcher and consultant in the paper and pulp industry and as a consultant at Ecofys. He has experience with project management, life cycle assessment (LCA), waste management, energy efficiency and qualitative energy efficiency policy (national and EU level) evaluation.