Coordinator - Solar PV projects
Dr. David Ato Quansah holds a PhD in Renewable Energy and Energy Policy from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and has over 12 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting in the area of renewable energy (RE) technologies, energy policy analysis and financial modelling. He works as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Fellow of The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre of the University.
He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sustainable and Alternate Energy Systems, Renewable Energy Project Analysis, Solar PV Technologies and other basic engineering courses. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the Renewable Energy Engineering programme at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana and has previously been Guest Lecturer in Renewable Energy Systems Modelling and Analysis at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
He has since 2014 served as the National Contact Point (NCP) for Ghana on the EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, in the thematic area of Secure, Clean and Efficient energy; and liaises between the Horizon 2020 programme and researchers in Ghana.
He previously coordinated the Master of Science Programme in Renewable Energy Technologies (MSc RETs) at KNUST and was also responsible (2009 – 2015) for short courses at The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre, during which participants from more than 20 African countries were trained (among others) in Solar PV design and installation, design and construction of biogas systems and RE Project Analysis.
David has widely shared his knowledge and talents on various assignments and projects in Ghana and abroad. At the request of UNIDO and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), he led the consulting team (in 2010) that developed background documentation on the ECOWAS Solar Energy Initiative (ESEI) which was one of early efforts towards a harmonized Regional approach to harnessing the huge solar energy resource potential of the sub-region. In 2013, he served as consultant to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and ECREEE on the initiative Promoting a Sustainable Market for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems in the ECOWAS Region (ProSPER), during which was an instructor in a series of training programmes for energy sector policy-makers and regulators from 15 West African countries on policies, regulatory frameworks and incentive schemes for promoting renewable energy technologies.
Dr Quansah also served as coordinating researcher and the Lead Author for Anglophone West Africa on the Regional study on Capacity Development Needs for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in ECOWAS member countries – commissioned by ECREEE. He has over the past decade provided consulting and advisory services to many other agencies, including World Bank, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the African Union, Natural Resources Canada and the German International Cooperation agency GIZ.
He is a Founding Director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD) – a not-for-profit organization (founded in 2009) that offers engineering solutions to developmental challenges in Ghana and Africa.
David is a certified expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance and also holds a number of professional development certifications in low-carbon development strategies and sustainable energy transitions. He is a member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the Ghana Science Association and a Graduate Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE).