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News about the Institute's activites 

in Africa & Central Asia


April 2023

Exciting months of international collaboration are behind us - we look forward to what 2023 will bring!

What a start into the New Year! In this third edition of the InES International Newsletter, I am pleased to give you an overview of the international activities of the institute in the first months of 2023 and in the last months of 2022. Numerous research trips have been undertaken by our colleagues to continue our collaborative work on the many projects in Africa and Central Asia.


A particular highlight last year was the completion of “Real Lab” in Kyrgyzstan as part of the "ÖkoFlussPlan" project. This was the first time that the InES carried out a construction contract on site in the project country. We are very pleased to have mastered this great challenge together with our local partners. Read more about “Real Lab” in the related article.

I would like to thank all our partners for their valuable cooperation. I look forward to working with you again in 2023.

Yours sincerely,

Prof Wilfried Zörner PhD

Head of Institute of new Energy Systems

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt


Activities with partners in Africa


REMO Conference in Morocco: How e-mobility can reduce mobility´s environmental impact

How e-mobility and renewable energies should be thought of and cooperatively developed was discussed with experts during the REMO Conference on the 7th November 2022 at the Moroccan partner Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in Ifrane.

More on the conference

PROCEED: An insightful research field trip to mini-grid communities 

In the frame of the PROCEED project, the InES team carried out a field trip to Namibia’s off-grid communities from the 19th to 27th of November 2022.

More on the field trip


Development of a follow-up project of mini-grid research in Sub-Saharan Africa

During the last workshop in Maseru, Lesotho, experts from science, politics and industry discussed how PV-based mini-grids can accelerate and sustain rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and what science can contribute.

More on the workshop

SEED research trip: A look into the reality of life of the residents of an informal settlement in Nairobi

As part of the SEED project, a two-week research trip to Kenya took place in December 2022: Besides Mozambique, Kenya is the second country in which the “Energy Hub” concept is being pursued together with the SEED project partners.

More on the research trip


SEED project meeting in Kenya: Progress in developing the “Energy Hub” concept for informal settlements

The second SEED project meeting took place in Nairobi during the week of February 13th. The project partners from Kenya, Mozambique and Germany worked on the further development of the project, exchanged ideas with stakeholders and visited the Kingstone informal settlement in Nairobi.

More on the project meeting

Activities with partners in Central Asia

Participation of team InES at CLIENT II Regional Stakeholder Conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

From the 18th to 19th October 2022, the second CLIENT II Stakeholder Conference for Central Asia took place in the framework of the Uzbek Inno-Week 2022 "Green Innovations for Sustainable Development".

More on the conference


ÖkoFlussPlan: Successful implementation of sustainable insulation and installation of a solar-thermal system in “Real Lab” in Kyrgyzstan 

Construction of “Real Lab” was successfully completed over the summer months. “Real Lab” takes a multi-dimensional approach to spreading knowledge and awareness of the use of renewable energies in rural Kyrgyzstan.

More on the project

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