The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany to conduct a project dubbed "E-Micro Mobility in Ghana." The Project’s duration is August 2021 to December 2021 with the possibility of an extension to 2024.
The "E-Micro Mobility in Ghana" project focuses on electromobility options in largely populated areas such as university campuses and industrial enclaves. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, specifically, sponsored by the GIZ Pan-African Mobility Alliance (PAMA) and Invest for Jobs program.
The KNUST team is led by the Director of The Brew-Hammond Energy Center (TBHEC), Professor Francis Kemausuor and coordinated by Dr. Godwin Kafui Ayetor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is also a fellow of TBHEC.
As part of the project, measures have been put in place for two solar charging stations to be installed at KNUST. The likely locations are the College of Engineering laboratory and the Royal parade ground near the Prempeh II Library.
Also, three electric motorcycles and an electric scooter will be operated at KNUST for a feasibility study into an E-micro mobility. As part of the feasibility studies, these two-wheelers will be piloted across KNUST campus for two months.
It was also agreed that the electric two-wheelers will be donated to KNUST upon completion of the pilot phase of the project in December 2021.
In addition, an electromobility makerspace will be constructed to continue the research into electromobility devices in Ghana. This will include the building/rehabilitation of a building for e-mobility on campus.