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Sustainable Electricity Production by Integrated Food, Energy and Water Systems: Opportunities and Challenges

November 16, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Innovations such as Agrivoltaics have opened new prospects to improve quality of life while increasing resilience of the agricultural sector against climate change. The integrated triple land use system allows for production of food, electricity and water without exploiting natural aquifers and new land. Agrivoltaics is rapidly gaining popularity, but not yet in African countries. The webinar seeks to explore this innovation by presenting opportunities and challenges for such systems in Africa. Furthermore, it provides insight into the role of photovoltaics in community farming in Gambia and describes the models behind existing projects and investment strategies/behaviors within a local framework.

The webinar session is organized in collaboration with United Nation University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) in the frame of the Agrophotovoltaics for The Gambia and Mali (APV-MaGa) Project funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Workshop Agenda:

13:30 – 13:35: Welcome by Michael Jacobson, Penn State University, Coordinator WEF Nexus in Africa Initiative

13:35 – 13:45: The role of PV in Community farming in Gambia: challenges and opportunities by Maimuna Drammeh, Nadji.Bi Limited

13:45 – 13:55: Agrophotovoltaic systems: application and current status by Brendon Bingwa, Fraunhofer ISE

13:55 – 14:05: Solar PV science and engineering in Africa by Daniel Gudopp, deea solutions GmbH

14:05 – 14:15: Socio-economic opportunities and challenges of Agrophotovoltaics in Africa by Nora Adelhardt, University of Freiburg

14:15 – 14:25: Investment behavior and why solar projects fail in Africa by Jessica Berneiser, Fraunhofer ISE

14:25 – 15:00: Questions & Answers by Ambe Emmanuel Cheo, UNU-ViE

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November 16, 2021
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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