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Brief snapshot of the DAAD Alumni Seminar and visit to Hannover Messe in April 2019

Brief snapshot of the DAAD Alumni Seminar and visit to Hannover Messe in April 2019

by Walter Kipruto, Kenya (PPRE 2010-12)

Walter Kipruto, presently RE Consultant at giz-Kenya, in the Energising Development Programme (EnDev) in Kenya as a component leader for solar activities. EnDev Kenya is an initiative for promoting modern energy technologies for households, small businesses, and social institutions. The programme is focusing on improved cookstoves and solar PV. The technologies it promotes include biomass stoves and plug-and-play solar solutions for both households and productive uses (e.g. irrigation and cooling).

The International DAAD Alumni Seminar – “Applied Engineering for Smart Integration of Renewable Energy in Value Chains in Developing Countries” took place at the University of Kassel and the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) in Witzenhausen, Germany from 24-31 March 2019. This was followed by a visit to the Hannover Messe 2019 from 1-6 April 2019. A total of 24 DAAD Alumni (including myself) from 23 countries from different disciplines participated in both events as depicted image below. In addition, I visited Oldenburg during which I was hosted by Hans Holtorf and met with Andreas Günther and former PPRE-secretary Julia Rudmann.

The Alumni Seminar involved several activities ranging from lectures, participants presentations, demonstrations, expert talks and excursions some of which are summarized below:

The Hannover Messe visit included a DAAD welcome presentation and visit to DAAD booth, guided tours as well as individual tours in different halls within the fair. The focus was the section of ‘Integrated Energy’ which comprised the latest advancement in the energy field including renewable energy. The focus of most exhibitors within this section revolved around electrical mobility and hydrogen mobility.

The seminar programme on "Applied Engineering for Smart Integration of Renewable Energy in Value Chains
in Developing Countries" can be found here.

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