THE government of Tanzania has launched a centre that seeks to develop, educate and commercialize innovative appropriate technology suitable for the nation and sub-Saharan Africa using renewable energy and ICT.
The centre launched on Friday is based on collaboration between the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and the Seoul National University in Korea.
The Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC) will use renewable energy and ICT in electricity, agriculture, health and education for the development of Africa for the next four years (2017-2020).
The Acting Vice Chancellor at NM-AIST, Prof Karoli Njau said the centre was officially launched on Wednesday by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Dr Juliana Pallangyo.
The centre is aligned with NM-AIST aspirations and it has come at a time the university is conducting internal transformation to make it more effective in the delivery of its mission.
“We would like to make the centre the heart of research and ensure that students identify research orientation early in joining the institution,” the VC said.
The institution will also streamline research activities to ensure it links to the industry-based change process currently taking place in the country.
Dr Pallangyo on his part acknowledged the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU) and the institute authorities for setting up the facility.
He said the move will ensure that a number of problems facing the society are solved including those facing industries, resulting into poverty alleviation and job creation for local communities.
“ITEC will conduct research on technologies that will be suitable for people, depending on what they need,” he said. Rural dwellers will also benefit from such projects through the rural electrification project in particular, he pointed out.
On his part, ITEC Director Herb Rhee said the door was open for everyone to learn the technologies as ITEC was dedicated to help local entrepreneurs solve their problems.
During implementation of renewable energy element, a renewable energy power generation system of 40 KW will be installed, as well as a maintenance and monitoring system.
In the agro sector, the institute will support people to access water for irrigation faming, the distribution of agricultural products as well as drying, freezing and packaging of agricultural products.