In the framework of Asian Development Bank’s funded Floating Solar Energy Development project in Central Asia, EQO-NIXUS is currently implementing an institutional training programme in the design, construction and operation of floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) systems in Azerbaijan.
Central and West Asian countries are heavily reliant on either fossil fuels, hydropower, or imported fuels and power, which make them carbon-intensive, energy-insecure, and vulnerable to climate and external supply shocks. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance aim to pilot test and build expertise on the emerging (FPV) technology to diversify the energy mix, increase energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The training programme consists of a total of 5 weeks of virtual trainings with 4 training sessions held on each week during December 2020 and January 2021 resulting on a total of 20 trainings. During the duration of the virtual trainings different aspects of the project are explained (financial, environmental, technical issues, feasibility, among others), see image below. Attendants in the training sessions average 50 participants and are integrated by different representatives of ministries of Azerbaijan, the ADB and other relevant stakeholders.