The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has played host to a delegation from Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany. The seven-member delegation are currently in Ghana as part of its internationalization agenda to explore opportunities for further cooperation in capacity building, joint projects and program implementation to address common issues across the globe in the field of energy and climate change.
The Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) is a German national research institution that pursues interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, information, and bio economy. It operates with a broad range of research infrastructures like supercomputers, an atmospheric simulation chamber, electron microscopes, a particle accelerator, cleanrooms for nanotechnology, among others.
At the meeting chaired by Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim, CSIR, the FZJ emphasizes it current research priorities which but not limited include the structural change in the Rhineland lignite-mining region, hydrogen, and quantum technologies. Dr. Peter Jansens, a Member, FZJ Board of Directors explains the need for broader engagement with stakeholders such as the CSIR to ensure joint efforts across borders. He also added that the planned visit organized in the framework of the H2Atlas-Africa project will seek to further promote green hydrogen technology among relevant stakeholders in Ghana.
The FZJ delegation visit is expected to strengthen partnerships created and offer opportunities to explore new frontiers and establish new contacts in Ghana. Institutions present at the meeting included CSIR, WASCAL, University of Ghana, KNUST and UNERL.