NanoPower Africa

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Dr. Gregory Beaucage

Professor Chemical & Material Engineering
College of Engineering
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NanoPower Africa is a collaborative project between the University of Cincinnati, US National Labs, Corporate Partners, and African partners, chiefly, the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The project also involves interactions with Universities in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Botswana and other Universities in South Africa. The project is funded mainly by USAID through the Southern African Mission under the Higher Education for Development Program which is administered by the American Council on Education. Financial support also comes from Sun Chemicals Corporation, the US Air Force, the US National Science Foundation, the South African National Research Foundation, the Ministry of Energy in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian USAID Mission, and a number of other sources.

The goal of NanoPower Africa is to improve higher education in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of indigenous photovoltaic devices and local manufacture and sales of photovoltaic devices using African Universities as incubators for this technology. The project seeks to leverage technology developed at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cape Town, US National Labs and US and South African Corporations who are involved in the project. One aspect of the project focuses on the production of PV devices using printed electronics where nanoparticle based silicon ink can be printed on paper or plastic substrates to make low-cost photovoltaic devices for applications such as charging cell phones and home lighting. The projected cost for a 8.5/11 inch device produced using this technology is $1. The devices are intended to replace cell phone charging stations, common in sub-Saharan Africa, that will charge $2 for a single cell phone recharge. It is hoped that the development of this indigenous technology will support higher education efforts, address local social problems using new technology and will improve the economic environment in the participating countries.

Project commenced on September 1, 2010

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