The College of Engineering has struck an agreement with Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany to collaborate on a project called "E-Micro Mobility in Ghana." The project will run from August 2021 to December 2021, with the option of extending it until 2024.
The project "E-Micro Mobility in Ghana" focuses on electromobility possibilities in densely populated regions like university campuses and industrial enclaves. The project is sponsored by the GIZ Pan-African Mobility Alliance (PAMA) and the Invest for Jobs program, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Professor Francis Kemausuor, Director of The Brew-Hammond Energy Center (TBHEC), leads the College of Engineering team, which is supervised by Dr. Godwin Kafui Ayetor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is also a fellow of TBHEC.
Measures have been put in place for two solar charging stations to be erected at KNUST as part of the project. The College of Engineering laboratory and the Royal parade field beside the Prempeh II Library are also plausible suspects.
In addition, three electric motorbikes and an electric scooter will be operated at KNUST for the purpose of conducting a feasibility study on E-micro mobility. These two-wheelers will be piloted over the KNUST campus for two months as part of the feasibility study.
It was also agreed that once the pilot phase of the project is completed in December 2021, the electric two-wheelers will be donated to KNUST.
Additionally, an electromobility maker space will be built in Ghana to continue research on electromobility products. This will comprise the construction or refurbishment of an e-mobility building on campus.