University of Mauritius has launched UoM-Huawei Innovative Solar Energy Laboratory on the 23rd February, 2023. This completed Laboratory facility supported by Huawei is based on the successful Fusion-Solar solution, demonstrating the cooperative relationship between the University and Huawei Mauritius which aims at advancing academic linkages. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Georges Pierre Lesjongard, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Ding Peiyi, Chargé d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy, Professor Sanjeev K. Sobhee, Vice-Chancellor University of Mauritius and Zheng Kui, CEO of Huawei Mauritius, attended the Unveiling Ceremony at ELT2, Ground Floor, Prof. Lim Fat Engineering Tower, University of Mauritius.

At the Unveiling Ceremony, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun pointed out that: “Skills gaps and shortages are almost inevitable whenever any new product or service appears, and the green transition is no exception. The green energy economy requires sustained investment in local research, development and capacity building in these new pillars to achieve long term sustainability. The Ministry has the objective to build a creative and competent human resource base to support sustainable development in Mauritius.” “The setting up of this facility is also demonstrating the cooperative relationship between the University of Mauritius and Huawei Mauritius, aiming to provide the industry with strong support in capacity building,” Vice-Prime Minister further commended.

In his speech, Georges Pierre Lesjongard, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, highlighted the workforce development in the field of Renewable Energy. “Workforce development in this field is essential to making the energy transition successful. The University of Mauritius is playing an instrumental role in developing the competences of the required workforce and in supporting sustainable development in the country with invaluable research outputs. The setting up of this innovative solar energy laboratory under the ‘Park of Excellence in Solar PV’ at the University of Mauritius comes at opportune time and this initiative is highly commended by the ministry. The support of Huawei Mauritius in the setting up of the laboratory is also commendable. ” Ding Peiyi, Chargé d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy, also attended the ceremony, he highly commended on the contribution of Huawei in this Laboratory project. “As the first end-to-end laboratory of its kind in the Indian Ocean, Huawei will further leverage its advantages in the renewable energy field, build strong alliance with the University of Mauritius, and provide a new platform for innovative research and talent reserve in the PV industry in Mauritius.” commended by Ding Peiyi.

Professor Sanjeev K Sobhee, Vice Chancellor University of Mauritius, while welcoming all, shows the commitment towards achieving the sustainable development goals and realising a low carbon economy in Mauritius, Professor Sobhee said, “This initiative is demonstrating the cooperative relationship between the University of Mauritius and Huawei Mauritius for almost a decade which aims at advancing academic linkages between us. The laboratory includes solar photovoltaic panel technologies, cutting edge power electronic devices such as power optimizers, charge controllers, inverters, safety equipment, and communication devices, monitoring system, measuring instruments and a smart video conferencing and digital writing infrastructure. This facility will add value to our teaching activities and be of further help in the accreditation process of our engineering programmes with the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Institution of Engineers Mauritius in the long term.”

As an important partner of the Laboratory, Huawei CEO Zheng Kui has pointed out the aim of the project is to empower more and more young talent of the country with the necessary tools and innovative mindset which drives the Government’s Vision on Energy Transition. Zheng Kui said, “Students can experience the very successful Fusion-Solar solution of Huawei through this completed Solar Energy Laboratory. Bring green power to every person, home, and organization.” Delegations from public and private sectors, university students and press visited the Innovative Solar Energy Laboratory at the guidance of University of Mauritius and industrial partners.

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