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E-Tractor workshop held on 5th October 2022

07 Oct 2022

From November 2021 Researchers of the College of Science & Technology (CST) of the University of Rwanda in collaboration with Volkswagen–Kigali and Volkswagen South Africa have been researching on the feasibility of the development of an Electric –Tractor in Rwanda. The research project is funded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and coordinated by Dr. Bernard B. Munyazikwiye, the Head of Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at CST. It is part of the Strategic Partnership Technology in Africa of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
This project will lay the foundation for the future development of such an E-tractor powered by solar energy in Rwanda with potential of being replicated across East Africa. As a research project it will work on the theory, design and applicability of a small and low-cost E-tractor necessary for the development of an E-tractor and E-farm concept. It will further evaluate the farm energy requirements, solar plant capacity which will, in the future, facilitate E-tractor deployment and large-scale adoption in rural areas where there is no or limited access to the national grid.
On this background, on 5th October 2022 in Kigali at Park Inn Hotel, GIZ delegation and the Consortium (WV-Kigali, VW-South Africa, UR-CST/CAVEM, IPRC-Kigali) organized a workshop aiming at presenting the progress of the of the research project. The workshop was officially opened by the Dean of the School of Engineering who demonstrated the importance of the e-Tractor project in boosting the agriculture mechanization in Rwanda. The project is composed of six work packages namely: WP2 Battery Technology in Africa, WP3 Energy Requirement –Farming Activities, WP4 Energy Requirement for the e-Tractor and Implements, WP7 Tractor attachments, WP15 Solar Plant Information, and WP16 Farm Trial. A mark 0 of the e-Tractor is being tried at RICA in Bugesera District.

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