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KNUST constructs solar-powered 4X4 vehicle

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Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, July 8, GNA – The Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in partnership with the Technical
University of Munich, has constructed a solar-powered 4×4 vehicle.

The environmentally-friendly vehicle, meant to
carry passengers and goods, was inaugurated by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei
Tutu II, at the 51st congregation of the KNUST, Kumasi, on Saturday.

It was developed by the Departments of
Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and comes as a breakthrough as the nation
searches for ways to build a more robust automobile industry.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Vice-Chancellor
of the KNUST, said the invention was the University’s response to living up to
its core mandate of spearheading development of innovative technologies.

The solar-powered vehicle, he said, was still
being tested and tried over some period with the hope of fine-tuning it in
order to bring it to standard.

When completed it could become the first
solar-powered 4×4 vehicle to be manufactured on the African continent.

Prof Obiri-Danso hinted that the University’s
College of Engineering, had in recent times invented an open-space fire
detector, solar-powered traffic lights and drones to support the nation’s
development processes.

He called for adequate funding of research
activities of the University to enable it come out with cutting-edge
technologies for the benefit of the nation.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is also Chancellor of
the KNUST, lauded the team of researchers who worked on the project, and
expressed the hope that it would encourage the government to be more interested
in resourcing the University for more of such innovations.

A total of 9, 160 post and under-graduate
students passed out of this year’s congregation from the six colleges of the
University.

This comprised the College of Science, College
of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, College of Art and Built Environment, as well as the College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

GNA

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  1. That’s good news keep it up