SPOTLIGHT: Fenni M.T.Shidhika, Researcher at the Namibia Energy Institute,Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Date: 27 September 2017

Related Project: Southern African Sustainable Energy Initiative

Fenni M.T.Shidhika is 27 years old. She works as a Researcher at the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) at the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency hosted at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

The PEESA Project and its relevance?

The aim of the project is to enable the participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to engage in collaborative research, curriculum development, training and capacity building in sustainable energy, which is the short goal for the project. The long term aim is to enhance capacity for national and regional planning, development and implementation of sustainable energy systems and projects.
SASEI formulates the establishment of a regional sustainable energy initiative in order to improve the ability of the region to effectively co-ordinate and manage sustainable energy sources through developing appropriate technology implementation measures.
The project is also aiming to develop a joint post graduate programme/ training in sustainable energy studies to enhance training in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The project provide Training of Trainers on developing capacity in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and vocational centres for national and regional planning, development and implementation of sustainable energy systems and projects. The project shows the benefits of sustainable energy systems and projects concerning energy supply, poverty alleviation, job creation and the protection of the natural environment which are all benefits to our country.

The PEESA Project and your role?

I'm coming from the field of Electronics Engineering and the workshops I attended were very informative. I have increased my knowledge of Renewable Energy and Resource assessment and I am now more aware of the issues and confident in my professional capacity in this sector.

What are your expectations from the results?

The Project is supporting institutions to establish institutional structures which will offer expert advice, training and technical support to the local industry and politicians. Research and development are also part of the competence centres. I foresee huge benefits from this project be it energy supply, job creation, poverty alleviation and protection of the natural environment. Developing capacity building in partner institutions through Training of Trainers programmes, reviewing of energy situation in the partner institutions, staff exchange among partner institutions, develop training programmes and revise the existing programmes in order to enhance sustainable energy studies will help the country to build capacity and strengthen manpower skills in the field of sustainable energy.

Have you identified any impact to date?

Academics and Researchers will benefit from data collections, data analysis and data interpretation/ dissemination on institutional capacity development on Energy technologies, applications and policies. This data that is being collected and analysed will enable decision makers to formulate and implement informed policy.  

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