This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The document, presented by Atsu Divine of the Koforidua Polytechnic of Ghana, explains why Ghana needs solar thermal technology for its development.
The presentation explains that the energy demand is rising in Ghana, but only a minor percentage is satisfied through renewable energy. Examples of the services offered by solar thermal are presented, including water heating, drying of crops, process heating, solar distillation, cooking and baking. Ghana does not produce solar thermal collectors, and solar companies work mostly on imports and installation.
The document illustrates the main barriers to the development of solar thermal in Ghana: lack of awareness, initial cost, lack of government committment and legislative framework, lack of technical expertise. Concrete measures are suggested to overcome these barriers. The presentation also includes pictures of solar thermal installations in Ghana.
Author: Atsu Divine
Date: June 2014
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