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Capacity Building at Community Energy Malawi

January 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

From the 20-22nd January 2016, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, Wind Empowerment delivered a three-day training event on market assessment for small scale solar and wind energy. The event was funded by the Scottish Government and formed part of their long term partnership with the newly formed NGO, Community Energy Malawi (CEM). The aim of the training sessions was to build capacity within CEM so that:

  1. in the short term, they are able to carry out a series of market assessments for small wind turbines, productive use of solar PV, solar pumping for potable water and community mini-grids; and
  2. in the long term, they are able to advise local Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) on appropriate energy solutions for their communities.

The following sessions took place during this three-day event:

Introductions-and-Overview – Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde & Wind Empowerment

Market Assessment Basics – Jon Sumanik-Leary, Wind Empowerment

Energy-Market-System-Framework-Presentation and ENERGY-Land-Scape-in-Malawi_CEM– Clement Kalonga, Wind Empowerment

Questionnaires – Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde & Wind Empowerment

HOMER-Training-CEM-WE-20160121 – Jon Persson, Wind Empowerment

M_ORG_GIS_intro_Malawi – Madis Org, Wind Empowerment

Ethiopia-Market Assessment-practical – Jon Sumanik-Leary, Wind Empowerment

  • M-ORG-QGIS-training (additional files)– Madis Org, Wind Empowerment
  • HOMER Practical Workshop (including additional files) – Jon Persson, Wind Empowerment

Small Wind Basics and Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines – Jon Sumanik-Leary, Wind Empowerment

Wind-Resource-Assessment-WE-CEM-2016 – Matt Little, Wind Empowerment

Data-Logging-Presentation-WE-CEM-2016 – Matt Little, Wind Empowerment

Productive-Use-of-Solar-PV – Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde & Wind Empowerment

Solar Pumping for potable water– Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde & Wind Empowerment

MiniGrids– Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde & Wind Empowerment

On behalf of Wind Empowerment, I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at CEM for making this a really enjoyable three days. It’s not often you get to work with such an enthusiastic and capable team of young people.

The week after this training session took place, CEM and Wind Empowerment traveled to the field to collect data for the market assessments, which will be carried out collaboratively over the next 2 months. Stay tuned for further details on these…

The Community Energy Malawi, Wind Empowerment and University of Strathclyde teams outside the CEM offices
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January 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am
January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Community Energy Malawi