GE and Ethiopian university partner for renewable energy programmes

GE and Ethiopian university partner for renewable energy programmes

General Electric (GE) and a leading university in Ethiopia will collaborate to develop educational programmes focused on renewable energy.

GE and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which outlines a collaborative approach to create further capacity development programmes based on renewable energy.

The US multinational giant said that it had been working with the AAiT since the end of 2016 with regards to developing relevant skills useful for the renewables sector.

Engineers from GE Renewable Energy also gave seminars to AAiT students and staff on hydro turbines and generators in March this year.

The untapped potential of hydropower in Ethiopia amounts to around 45,000MW, according to the International Hydropower Association (IHA), while the organisation also contends that hydropower is responsible for over 80% of the East African nation’s total electricity.

“The MoU with AAiT is a new milestone for GE Renewable Energy in Ethiopia,” said GE Renewable Energy’s Yves Rannou.

“It enables sharing current industry expertise and experience with students and faculty at AAiT in order to build a highly-qualified workforce that will support the social and economic development of the country.”