Analyze. Realize. Sustain.
We analyze the development potential of various communities and regions in Africa. Therefore we use results which have been obtained by our members during their theses and student projects at Technical University of Munich. This process ensures innovative solutions, which are individually applied in projects for the different communities we work with.
During a student project of TUM, three interdisciplinary teams worked on energy-related concepts for the rural community of St. Rupert Mayer in Zimbabwe.
Based on acquired data and intensive communication with stakeholders of the community, the students developed innovative solutions on combining the supply of energy, water and food as well as including the local community.
„How does the solar power generation correlate with energy policies in Africa?“
„How could the power system in Africa be improved through energy system modeling?“
„Which potential do decentralized energy systems have in improving electricity supply and creating jobs in Africa?“
„Which market potential do wind power based decentralized energy systems have?“
„What is the technical and economical feasibility of Do-It-Yourself wind turbines in Zimbabwe?“
„How to acquire data for designing decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems in Zimbabwe through geographic information systems and ground measurements?“
„What are the most feasible crops in rural Zimbabwe depending on their water demand?“
„Which role does gender play in the perception and adaptation to climate change in Zimbabwe?“
In the summer semester, 15 students from various faculties of TUM developed a detailed concept design for the implementation of an Energy-Water-Food system in the rural community of St. Rupert Mayer in Zimbabwe.
This student project included the design of a biogas plant, solar-water systems and a business concept for the Energy-Water-Food system, whose work was based on existing results and a research trip to the community.
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„What is the situation of technology-related entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe?“
„How to identify the optimal design of a decentralized Energy-Water-Food system for the rural village of Kpori, Ghana, through modeling?“
During a student project of TUM, three interdisciplinary teams work on energy-related concepts for the rural community of Nsutam in Ghana.
Based on acquired data and intensive communication with stakeholders of the community, the students develop innovative solutions on combining the supply of energy, water and food as well as including the local community. During this project, the TUM students cooperate with students and researchers of TUM’s partner university KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana.
After subsequent analyses through master theses, the concepts shall be implemented by us.
„How to design a micro-grid for smart power supply of decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems in rural Africa?“
„How to design and model a biogas generation system in rural Africa with variable bio-waste inputs from agriculture?“
„How to quantify and model the maximum availability of ground water for decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems in rural Africa?“
„What is the optimal agricultural production for an decentralized Energy-Water-Food system in rural Zimbabwe?“
„What are the financial and ecological benefits of food products from decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems in rural Africa?”
„How does the financing strategy of decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems in rural Africa influence the project setup?“
„What are the decision making criteria of social impact investors for projects in Africa?“
„Which entrepreneurial leadership practices are working best for startups in Africa? “
After a profound analysis of the community, we design an individualized system, establish the required structures, raise the necessary funds and implement the system together with the community.
TU eMpower Africa e.V. registered as non-profit organization
Since October 12, 2018, we are legally accepted as non-profit organization. So, everything is set to raise money for the projects we already prepared.
Fundraising & Implementation of decentralized Energy-Water-Food system in St. Rupert Mayer, Zimbabwe
Based on the analysis of the last two years, we developed a concept for a decentralized Energy-Water-Food system in St. Rupert Mayer in Zimbabwe. The community with its 250 inhabitants, two schools and a hospital has been partnering with us for several years. The concept includes technical, social and economical aspects like the optimal sizing of hardware components, sustainable ownership structures, salaries for management, technical operation and farming, as well as revenue schemes through crop sales.
Now we are ready to raise the required funds for hardware and salaries. Therefore, during the Interdisciplinary Project of the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute, business students will develop and carry out a fundraising concept with a focus on crowdfunding.
When the funds will be raised, we will implement the hardware together with manufacturers and the community of St. Rupert Mayer, conduct our developed training concepts and support the operation of the system until we are convinced it works without us.
The sustainability of the projects can only be ensured through the involvement of local people. Hence, we provide self-designed trainings for the community and support the operation of the system on technical and social levels. In addition, we link the projects with local stakeholder including universities and spread the word on scientific conferences to create a global network.
Renewable Energy Workshop in St. Rupert Mayer, Zimbabwe
Three of our members developed a one-week workshop which explains various renewable energy technologies in a very applied way to pupils.
The people of St. Rupert Mayer High School showed strong interest which let to great learning effects.
Afterwards, this teaching workshop was presented on various occasions, including the RERIS 2018 in Lesotho.
TUM Summer School "Development by Innovation"
We supported the 1st TUM Summer School on Energy, Water and Food Technologies in Africa in October 2017. 25 students of various study programs from TUM and African universities have been selected out of 600 applications.
During the first week, TUM scientists taught methods regarding energy, water and food and their utilization in Africa. Throughout the second week, interdisciplinary teams developed concepts for decentralized Energy- Water-Food systems for five different locations in Africa by applying the learned methods.
The winning team could present their concept at RERIS 2018 in Lesotho.
EU-Africa Renewable Energy Research & Innovation Symposium (RERIS) 2018 in Lesotho
We got the chance to present our work to an international scientific audience at RERIS 2018 in Lesotho with three oral presentations and four posters. It was a great opportunity to spread the word and extend our international network.
Training concept for local operators of Energy-Water-Food systems
During a student project of TUM, an interdisciplinary team of six students from the faculties of education, engineering, management and life science develop a vocational training concept that provides the required knowledge for the operation of decentralized Energy-Water-Food systems.
Throughout the concept development, the TUM students cooperate with high school students, teachers and other stakeholders from the rural community of St. Rupert Mayer. We plan to implement there such a system in 2019 and apply the teaching concept for the best graduates of St. Rupert Mayer High School, who will run the system on the long term.