Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Burkina Faso is incredibly vulnerable to climate change and pollution. Sustainability is needed to guaranteeing positive development not only toady but also for future generations. It is BIT’s mission to educate a new generation of leaders and it is crucial that these leaders also pioneer climate action and responsibility. BIT educates students about the importance of sustainability and acts as a role model.
Combating desertification & climate change with trees
Climate change is rapidly leading to the desertification of sub-saharan Africa. This reduces the fertility of soils and increase the severity of both draughts and floods. The best way to combat this issue is planting of trees. In the short term trees reduce soil erosion and improve the quality of soil. In the long term trees mitigate the effect of carbon emissions and target the heart of the problem. The 1,000 trees we planted on our campus also provide much needed shade, create a tranquil environment and a good source of nutritious food.
Reducing plastic pollution
Plastic pollution is a global problem. In Burkina Faso a rapid increase in the use of plastic due to globalization and imports can not be handled, as the infrastructure needed to collect and recycle trash is missing. One main use of plastic is bottled water. BIT will address this issue in the next academic year by raising awareness and providing all of its students and staff with reusable water bottles that can be filled from a solar powered well on BIT’s campus. Additionally, BIT has a high energy trash incinerator to sustainably dispose of trash.
Renewable solar energy - Thank you Hep!
Development often comes hand in hand with an increase in green house gas emissions, which leads to negative impacts in the long run. Burkina Faso is already extremely vulnerable to climate change, even without contributing to the issue. BIT hopes to get it right from the outset by educating leaders that will build an economy based on sustainability.
BIT aims to be an emission free campus by fulfilling its energy needs with solar power. BIT’s small solar plant also ensures that there is a reliable source of energy and creates energy independence. This project generates awareness among the students and ties into our bachelor course on electrical engineering with a focus on renewable energy.
Hep donates and builds solar panels for educational institutions in Burkina Faso. In 2019, a hep-team installed a small solar power plant at BIT. The power plant consists of 27 tonnes of material, 324 photovoltaic modules, a total energy output of 84,24 KWp, and a battery. This means that BIT is 90% energy independent. Hep worked together with local companies to install the solar plant within two weeks. Hep will continue to work with locals in order to ensure that the solar panels are maintained correctly and will generate energy for the future.