On April 20, 2018, the development institution Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) informed renewable energy stakeholders about the upcoming Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies in sub-Saharan Africa (REACT SSA) competition.

At a workshop, Liberian business people are informed about the National Investment Commission and the investment incentives

 

The Liberia National Investment Commission together with the Ministry of Finance provides incentives for businesses to reduce costs for setting up or expanding businesses to attract investment in specific sectors, including the energy sector. Businesses from other eligible sectors could also get tax deductions for solar electrification or other renewable energy assets.

From February 26 – March 2, 2018, ENDEV/GIZ will conduct a week-long training for 18 students from the Helog Academy.

The Helog Academy is a vocational theoretical education and apprenticeship school with 60% theoretical lessons and 40% practical courses from highly trained teachers in the area of automobile, heavy machinery and electrical machinery.

Since April 2017 Josephine Kantan works as solar operator at Phebe Hospital in Bong county, Liberia. She also continues to be in charge of the Diesel generator there.  Josephine Kantan visited the recent EnDev workshop series for solar experts at the GIZ Health Project in Congo Town from the 27.03.2018-29.03.2018. The Renewables-Liberia Team used the opportunity to do an interview with her as she is one of a few women working in the power sector of Liberia.

 

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 EnDev/GIZ hosted its third solar cinema for the children of the surrounding communities. The idea of this event is to explain energy issues very practical to children and of course to organize a nice evening for them.

The red fire pot is an improved cook stove that is produced in Liberia by trained craftsman. The red fire pot keeps your kitchen clean, produces less smoke, good for your health, helps you too to save lot of money on charcoal and it is also environmental friendly and above all, it is fast in cooking.

In order to make cooking easier with an improved institutional cook stove for example for school and other institutions in Liberia, and also to reduce deforestation in the country; GIZ/EnDev has produced a prototype of an institutional rocket stove commonly called ‘’Kpoh stove" which means group stove.

 

In April 2018 EnDev/GIZ will install 100 new solar suitcases in health facilities in Liberia for the Ministry of Health. The solar suitcases are portable power units developed from We Care Solar for the health sector to improve the working conditions for the staff and the quality of the health care (lightening births and surgical procedures, etc.).

Due to the poor electricity condition in Liberia, EnDev and WHH have decided to install solar lighting system in health facilities for safe delivery at night, Vortor Community Clinic in Bomi County has now benefited from a 1.3 KW solar installation.

Solar power house at GIZ/Health project

 

On April 3, 2018, the GIZ health project has installed a solar system for their office located in Congo Town. The 20kwatt solar system with 24 batteries will provide energy to all equipment.

Renewable Energy for Total filling stations Liberia


Security is a problem at TOTAL filling stations when it gets dark. As source of electricity, the filling stations are using diesel generators. After 10:00pm, the generators are switched off to safe fuel, leaving the filling stations in total darkness.

EnDev/GIZ and TOTAL Liberia signed a MoU to install solar systems at three TOTAL filling stations. The new systems, that were installed at the end of 2017, provide light and security is now improved.
For the future, it is planned to install solar systems at another 27 filling stations in cooperation with the private sector.

We conducted a Regional Water Boiling Test (RWBT) with a prototype for an institutional cookstove. This test is the beginning of a series of tests to build a prototype which fulfills the EnDev criteria of 40% less specific fuel consumption, compared to the baseline stove which is a 3-stone-fire. The RWBT simulates a cooking situation through water boiling. However, this does not represent an actual cooking situation. We need to keep this in mind when we interpret the test results.

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