At the end of September, a team from University of Augsburg (UniA) and West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) met in Ghana to install Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) for the collection of meteorological data at the three pilot sites of the EnerSHelF project. Within the project, both partners collaborate in work package (WP) 3.2 under the lead of UniA to collect and evaluate in situ climate data. The aim of the WP is to forecast the key meteorological variables for solar power generation and consumption at the field sites. Thereby, WASCAL acts as an interface between the EnerSHelF project teams in Germany and local stakeholders, for instance, the Ghana Meteorological Agency. Furthermore, they are responsible to provide technical support in collecting and processing observational data from the local observatory networks. The installation of the AWS at the three field sites spread over a period of 14 days and the field trip’s schedule included a close engagement with local authorities, securing materials and civil works, as well as mounting of sensors and testing the installed equipment.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project with around two million euros.
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (Project management)
Technische Hochschule Köln
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
Reiner Lemoine Institut
Univeristy of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale/Wa
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi
West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Ouagadougou BF