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Sustainable Energy Impact

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Sustainable energy and mobility concepts in developing countries through the use of light electric vehicles, sharing systems, decentralized energy systems, and blockchain technology

The project study "Sustainable Energy Impact" (SEI), which started in September 2019, is a student project with the goal of generating economic development perspectives for Sub-Saharan African countries that simultaneously take into account the ecological challenges of our time. The tasks and solutions of the students are directly incorporated into practice, specifically into the further development of scientific projects of the Laboratory for sustainability in technology at Bochum University of Applied Sciences:    

  • Mobility sustainably thought through the life cycle (MoNaL): The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), is aimed at an alternative mobility solution that is sustainable in ecological, economic and social terms. To that end, a pilot site is set-out on the campus of Don Bosco to demonstrate and analyze e-mopeds and e-cargo bikes (Light Electric Vehicles, LEVs) in the Ghanaian environment. Decentralized energy options are provided by means of an integrated solar mini grid and stand-alone solar charging stations.

  • E-Micromobility in Ghana (EmmGh): Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), EmmGh aims to develop jobs and innovations for sub-Saharan African countries. Together with the two Ghanaian partner universities UENR (University of Energy and Natural Resources) and KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology), the profitability of sustainable business models in the areas of e-mobility and sharing systems is being researched, and ways for upscaling these ideas are being developed with the overall aim of job creation, economic and ecological benefits.

The tasks of the SEI project participants have a direct and lasting impact on the project success of MoNaL and EmmGh and thus offer the students the opportunity to be engaged in ecologically and socially just business models in developing countries in addition to far-reaching learning effects through the project work at the same time. Impressions of the realization of the project in Ghana can be found in the Media section, as well as insights from past events. 

Who can participate?

Our project is aimed at all students of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Since the project study is strongly related to sustainability, the project team is made up of students from the master's program "Applied Sustainability" and the master's and bachelor's program "Sustainable Development". Especially in the context of token modeling and blockchain technology, there is interest in establishing interfaces to disciplines such as computer science or business administration. 


How can I participate?

Joining the project team is possible at the beginning of each semester. If you would like to have an insight into the current project work, you are welcome to check out current taskforces, as well as our Instagram channel. There we regularly inform about the current project tasks, excursions and successes. If you are interested, you are welcome to come to one of the next project meetings (for more information please contact Frederick Adjei). 


Do I need certain previous knowledge?

No, no previous experience is required to join the project. However, an interest in e-mobility, sharing services, blockchain technology, smart off-grid systems and renewable energy is an advantage. In addition, you should be willing to familiarize yourself with the topics mentioned above. 


Do you have further questions?

Then feel free to get in contact!

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Lukas Sturm

Research Associate

Room: D3-04a