INTRODUCTION: As African countries continue to develop their own resources and manufacturing capacities, electrical energy becomes acutely important to them.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: As African countries continue to develop their own resources and manufacturing capacities, electrical energy becomes acutely important to them. To assist them in producing and distributing their own power, a group of Swiss experts have held a series of seminars in Dakar, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: Technical advisors from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne in collaboration with the Swiss Office of Commercial Expansion opened the Abidjan seminar on Monday (16 February). Engineers from fifteen African countries attended the two-day event.
Professor Chatelain of the Polytechnic led the delegation of energy experts. The Lausanne school is a higher-education establishment of university level which has three purposes -- teaching, research and community service.
It is a long established institution internationally renowned for its training and research. Its fundamental mission is to train management personnel in a broad range of disciplines. But the professors conducting this seminar are concentrating on the new technology needed for efficient production and distribution in the energy field.
Professor Chatelain opened the first day's session with a lecture on the use of electronic detection. This means measuring the performance and production of energy at various terminals far from the source.
The seminar covered many aspects of applied technology for various forms of energy. The Ivory Coast has recently joined the world producers of petroleum and new discoveries could place it number two producer in black Africa, behind Nigeria. In that role it will welcome the technical aid valued at three hundred million CFA (1.3 million U.S. dollars) the Lausanne Polytechnic is providing.
The Swiss, through intensive research are trying to keep well-ahead in technical developments. In the electrical energy sector more than seventy percent of their products are sold beyond their borders.