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Published on September 16th, 2015 | by Glenn Meyers

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AORA Solar Inks MoU With ASU & Two Ethiopian Universities

September 16th, 2015 by  

Solar-biogas technology pioneer AORA Solar continues expanding its development work in Africa, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Arizona State University LightWorks and two Ethiopian universities, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University and Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU).

It is hoped the building of this educational infrastructure and future construction of local AORA Solar Tulips can increase renewable energy collaboration in Africa, and achieve greater energy independence for Ethiopians.

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MoU Sparks Increase In African Renewable Energy Collaboration

In today’s press announcement, AORA Solar states the goal for this agreement is to “promote academic cooperation for the development and advancement of renewable energy technologies to support the implementation of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy.” The Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy targets a huge goal — transforming Ethiopia into a carbon-neutral middle-income country by 2025.

Ethiopia map_shutterstock_299407994The MoU seeks to expand the three academic institutions’ common interest in promoting mutual cooperation in the area of education and research. Activities will take place under the guidance of the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology.

“When it comes to developing renewable energy technology for Africa, collaboration is the key to innovation,” said Zev Rosenzweig, CEO of AORA. “Collaboration will include joint activities for research park development, in addition to the development and strengthening of renewable energy curricula for solar electric, solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind, and sustainable fuel technologies. The cooperation also aims to lay the groundwork for the installation of AORA’s solar-biogas hybrid power technology at both Ethiopian institutions.”

“This collaboration has great potential to enhance the lives of Ethiopians,” added Gary Dirks, director of LightWorks and director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

AORA, previously featured in CleanTechnica, manufactures a modestly sized solar-hybrid technology to produce 100 kW of electricity, plus 170 kW of usable thermal power. Running on solar power during the day and biogas or biofuel at night, the AORA Tulip provides grid stable, clean and green power 24 hours a day in all weather.

All personnel participating in this project see this technology as suited for off-grid locations in Africa.

“Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) is dedicated to merging academia with real-world applications, and our new Research Park is serving as a catalyst for both regional and national economic growth,” said Prof. Jang Gyu Lee, president of ASTU.

Image via AORA Solar

Ethiopia map via Shutterstock


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is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers was editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributing writer for CleanTechnica, and is founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.



  • JamesWimberley

    The ratio is odd: 170 kw of biomass to 100 kw of solar. You would expect demand to peak in the daytime, matching solar, but perhaps that doesn’t apply in Ethiopia, with no daytime a/c (yet). The biomass plant, with fairly high capital costs, will soon be in competition with flow batteries at he microgrid scale.

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      “100 kW of electricity, plus 170 kW of usable thermal power” it isn’t 170 of biomass. It is that any thermal plant always has lots of left over heat. They all try to claim it as a great benefit, but it is seldom used and in fact is a “waste” product of most thermal plants, and they must spent part of the produced power to run cooling systems. Unless they can get away with heating a local water source. It is also sed to claim a higher energy density, we produce 270kW!! Of course if they have to spend 10-20kW on cooling then because they have no use for the 170kW of heat, then ….

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      • dynamo.joe

        except they don’t use cooling, except for inlet temp cooling. it’s essentially a solar powered jet engine, which just exhausts to atmosphere.
        and their exhaust temps are considerably higher than most thermal plants, which means it is more likely to be a useable resource.

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