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THIS IS HOW KENYA IS GOING GREEN

ELECTRICITY FROM SUNLIGHT

Kenya is classified as an energy poor country with the majority of the population spending a substantial amount of their household income on energy. With 46% of the population being classified as poor (living on less than US$ 2 per day), a majority of households especially in rural areas struggle to meet their energy expenses.

Less than 25% of Kenya’s population has access to modern energy forms. The population’s access to grid electricity is 15% and only 4% of rural population has access. Due to low penetration of modern energy forms, a majority of households (68%) depends on traditional biomass for heating and cooking with kerosene and candles providing lighting.

But Kenya is endowed with a natural resource that can meet the entire country power demand. With its geographic coordinates 1°00′N 38°00′E, Kenya strides the equator. The country enjoys all year round sunshine with annual mean irradiation being between 4.4 and 6.3 kWh/m². Riding on the back of low grid power access and high electricity costs, a thriving solar PV industry is transforming the lives of many Kenyans a module at a time.

Solar electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaic (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some amount of electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.  Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can be mounted on your roof.

The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles.

Many of the PV modules being installed are mainly used to provide lighting, cell phones charging, refrigeration and entertainment. Today there are more than 200,000 PV modules installed in Kenya and about 30,000 PV modules being installed annually. A survey carried out in 2005 established that the annual market for PV modules was 500 kilowatt peak (kWp) and this was projected to grow at 15% annually.

A government program that commenced same year to provide electricity to 3 000 schools and hospitals in remote areas increased tremendously the annual demand for the modules. This growth is attracting international companies to set up shop to manufacture PV panels in the Kenya. One such company is Ubbink East Africa Ltd that has set up a 30,000 PV panel manufacturing plant to cater for Kenyan and East African market.

Even though for more than two decades of the industry growth the government didn’t offer much active support, its zero rating of duty payable on imported PV modules encouraged private entrepreneurs and other non state actors to step in and drive the growth.

Today Kenya is considered as one of the best examples of where solar energy technology has taken off in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past 5 years, the government through its various agencies has come up with industry friendly policies that are meant to secure the gains achieved so far and also upscale the adoption of the technology by a wider section of the population.

Three Reasons Why You MUST be Part of the World Energy Day Celebrations 2018!

By Carolyne Gathuru

Energy Runs the World – True or False?

If you answered True – you are correct. Without Energy in whatever form or shape then the world wouldn’t work; not by day, nor by night!
If you answered False – you are still correct. Energy doesn’t run the world – it propels it, moves it, controls it, and governs the way the world works!

So now that it is clear that without energy the world is defunct, it is of critical importance that the three reasons why it is important to participate in the World Energy Day Celebrations 2018 are unpacked.
The World Energy Day (WED) is observed annually on October 22nd to raise awareness of global energy-related issues and celebrated internationally to raise awareness of the need to rally around the creation and implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and conserve natural resources. This year in Kenya, WED Celebrations will run from Monday 22nd October to Sunday 27th October 2018.

So here are the 3 important reasons unveiled………….

1. Stand Up To Be Counted – And Win The WED Trophy!

Every single organization and the team members therein, need to stand up and be counted towards making a difference in this world though energy conservation. The greatest legacy one can live and leave, is to leave the world a better place than one found it, for the coming generations. WED provides the opportunity to practically demonstrate social responsibility. To participate as an organization involves creating a plan with ideas of how to conserve energy both at work and at home. These ideas may then be implemented during World Energy Day Celebrations period. There is no limit to what could be done and some ideas may include:

  • Sending out energy conservation messages to different stakeholders
  • Posting energy conservation messages on different digital platforms
  • Wishing customers and staff a Happy World Energy Day week
  • Putting up Happy World Energy Day messages in the office
  • Educating customers and staff on energy saving and environmental protection matters
  • Undertaking charitable CSR activities in the community
  • Brainstorming on how to conserve energy in the organization

Get creative about how to raise awareness of energy conservation. The more creative the better! WED activities will be recognized and published by AEPEA and Eenovators that are coordinating the local celebrations. Register your organization here and the organization with the most engaging and impactful activities reported will walk away with the WED Trophy 2018!

 2. Stand Up To Be Counted – Register For The WED Conference 2018!

The 2018 WED celebrations will culminate in a 2 day Energy Conference on 26th -27th October 2018 themed “The Future of Energy in Africa – The Sustainability Agenda”. Leaders in the energy sector around Africa, both in the public and private sector, as well as energy enthusiasts across different industries, will gather to discuss the energy agenda. Key note speakers from Africa currently leading energy innovation, entrepreneurship, capacity building, regulation, and green energy initiatives will share their experiences. This conference promises to revolutionize the way energy matters are handled in the region and will cover Energy policy, Energy financing, Bridging the Energy Gender divide, Energy Innovation, Sustaining Energy Projects, Energy Monitoring and Taking Charge of Energy Change. Register to attend the conference here and do not be left behind as ground breaking resolutions for energy change are crafted at WED Conference 2018!

3. Stand Up To Be Counted – Engage With The #Energychallenge2018!

Contrary to popular belief – the youth are plugged in toward energy innovation and are actively participating in energy conservation matters. The Student Energy Innovation Challenge is on, and participants are in high gear towards the development of innovative energy conservation concepts to provide sustainable solutions. The challenge brings together young people from the region, currently in various institutions including universities and technical institutions, as they submit their innovative energy solutions. Viable ideas that make it to the shortlist will be exhibited during the WED Conference 2018. Their energy projects will be showcased either as models, computer simulations or actual designs and will be scrutinized by an eminent panel of judges with business acumen, innovation prowess and energy expertise. The top three projects will walk away with prizes that include internships, incubation, and commercialization of ideas, shopping vouchers, holiday experiences and cash prizes. Support young people here as they immerse themselves in energy sustainability by cheering them on, providing in kind support, opportunities for training, mentoring and business coaching, as well as financial resources towards the WED Student Challenge Success!

Participating in the WED Celebrations 2018 will set apart those who give lip service to giving back to society from those who will stand up to take the bold step to demonstrate true value. The world is waiting for us to localizing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) towards collaboration to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Delivering on this objective is not rocket science. All it takes is for you and me to stand up and be counted as a WED Champion today!

Send your registration request to info@eenovators.com

How to become a Licensed Energy Auditor in Kenya

It’s time to settle this issue once and for all. So how can one become a licensed energy auditor in Kenya? Below are 3 requirements needed to become one?

I. You first must ensure you have the requisite combination of both academic and professional experience.

The table below details what academic qualifications and experience are required for the license.

 

Education (Academic)   Professional (Job)
A degree in technology or engineering or equivalent in a relevant field. At least three years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning
Post graduate Engineer (Masters of Engineering / Masters of Technology) At least two years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning
A graduate Engineer with postgraduate degree in Energy Management or equivalent At least two years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning
Higher National Diploma Engineer or equivalent At least six years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning
A post graduate degree in Physics or Electronics or Chemistry (with Physics and Mathematics at graduation level)  

 

At least three years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning

 

A First degree in Architecture or equivalent field  

 

At least three years work experience in design and use of Energy efficient buildings

 

A Masters degree in Architecture or equivalent in relevant field.  

 

At least two years work experience in design and use of Energy efficient buildings

 

 

II. Energy management certification

Once you have attained both academic and professional qualification. You must also attain an energy management certification from a body recognized by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), or Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Management, or Masters of Science in Energy Management from a recognized University.

Eenovators offers a training called Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor(CEA) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). This training is recognized by ERC.

III. Work with a licensed auditor and acquire 5 energy audits

Once you have both step I and II, you need to work with a licensed auditor and acquire 5 energy audits. This is normally a tough step since not so many people are doing quality energy audits. You also must decide which category of energy auditor license you want to attain. There are two categories of licensed energy auditors.

1) Category A –

You need to have at least 5 energy audits one of which must be an investment grade audit

2) Category B-

You need to have conducted at least 5 general audits.

So once you have all the 3 steps checked, you go to the ERC online portal and make your application. The portal can be accessed @ https://portal.erc.go.ke

If ERC finds your papers and qualifications valid. They will invite you to a written interview. If you score more than 50% in the written interview, they will invite you to an oral interview. You will then be awarded the license if you are successful in both interviews. So if you have an energy auditing firm, you can use your auditor license to license it.

So that’s pretty much it. I hope this helps. If you have any more queries, please indicate in the comments section or get in touch on info@eenovators.com

Energy Saving Tips In The Kitchen

By Monica Wanjiru

It’s Easter holidays. This is a time when Christians celebrate Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of mankind. It’s usually a pretty long holiday, whereby some people travel upcountry to be with their families and friends while others celebrate within their homes.

I can’t wait to travel to shags to have that delicious mukimo that my grandma always prepares…the thought of this alone makes me salivate. Apart from celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, our kitchens are the busiest place filled with aromas of different kinds of savory dishes.

If we aren’t careful, the kitchens alone can lead to great energy losses during this Easter period alone. With the prevailing hard economic conditions where each one of us is striving towards saving a coin, here are a few tips on how you can greatly save energy in your kitchen during Easter:

Don’t leave appliances on standby

Appliances such as microwaves among others should be turned off at the plug when not in use. Leaving them in standby mode consumes electricity which means your power bills will definitely go up. A microwave alone, uses 2 to 7 watts of power while in standby mode. This energy is used to display the clock and to wait for a user command. In a single year a microwave using 4 watts in 24/7 standby mode will use 35 kWh

Use the microwave

Cook food in the microwave whenever you can. When it comes to heating up small portions of food, microwaving is more energy efficient than the hob, and a lot more efficient than the oven. Just remember to turn it off at the plug when you’re finished.

Buy energy efficient appliances

Different kitchen appliances consume energy at different rates. When buying a new appliance, take a look at its energy rating and look out for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended sticker. You have to consider the size as well. Buying appropriate size appliances will save you money too.

Don’t overfill the kettle

This one is a huge energy waster — the energy wasted boiling an over-filled kettle in one week could power a TV for a whole day! It is thought that most people use double the amount of water they really need. Boiling more water than you need uses more electricity, only for the extra water too cool down and have to be boiled again later. Try using a cup to measure out exactly what you need, adding a little extra to allow for evaporation

Clean the oven door

Every time you open the oven door; you are letting out precious hot air and wasting energy. If the oven door is clean and you can actually see through it, then you don’t need to keep opening it to check on your food. It’s a dirty job, but it’s worth doing

Doing the dishes

According to some studies, a modern dishwasher uses less water than washing your dishes by hand. If you do use a dishwasher, open up the door after the wash cycle and let the hot dishes air-dry. This will save a considerable amount of electricity.

Fix dripping taps

It may not seem like a big deal, but a badly dripping tap can waste as much as one litre of water per hour — that’s enough to fill a bath in a week! And remember if it’s hot water you’re wasting energy as well. So, stop ignoring it and get it fixed

Smart washing and drying

Your washing machine and tumble dryer are two of the most power-hungry appliances in the house. Make sure the washing machine is full before you switch it on, or use the half load setting if it has one. As for the dryer — do you really need to use it?

Putting your clothes out on the line instead is a really simple way to save electricity, and your clothes will last longer too! You may be surprised to know that about 85-90% of the energy used by a washing goes into heating the water, so don’t put it on a hot wash unless you really need to. If your clothes aren’t particularly dirty then washing them at 30 degrees is just as effective as washing at a higher temperature. By switching from a hot wash to a warm wash, over a year you could cut your energy consumption in half

Be good to your fridge

Putting hot food straight into the fridge is a big no-no! The fridge has to work extra hard and draw more energy to cool it down. Let hot food cool on the side first before it goes in. The same goes for the freezer. Avoid leaving the fridge or freezer door open for long periods, and defrost it when necessary. Finally, make sure there is at least a 10cm gap behind your fridge — this lets heat flow away more easily and saves electricity

Be smart with your cooking

Making a few changes to the way you cook can save a lot of energy (and money!) For example, if you always cover pots and pans, they will boil much quicker — or even better, boil the water in the kettle first then pour it into the pan, as this uses less energy. Are you putting more water in the pan than you really need when you boil food? If so, it not only takes more time and energy to boil, but you’re wasting water as well

Another good tip is to turn off the heat a couple of minutes before your food is cooked. This is especially true if you have an electric cooker — electric hobs take quite some time to cool down. You can turn off your electric oven about ten minutes before your food has finished cooking and it will still stay hot.

If you’ve boiled water, can it be used for more than one purpose? For instance, if you are cooking pasta in a pan, put a colander on top and you have a make-shift steamer to cook your veg in!

References

https://newatlas.com/dishwashers-save-water-hand-washing/11410/ http://gogreena.co.uk/

Wind Energy, The Next Big Thing

Revolution of Wind Technology

The last few years have seen a significant increase in the global number of installed wind turbines. Currently, wind energy is a key contributor to the national grid in many countries across the world. In 2010, wind was already contributing 2.5% of the total global electricity.

To improve the quality and efficiency of wind turbines, new wind turbines have bigger blades coupled with other features which make electricity more cost-effective. The 2.5-120 turbine released by General Electric (GE) Company in January 2013 has algorithms and sensors that enable it to continue spinning without wind. There are several other improvements and innovations in wind energy technology.

Apple Inc has an interesting idea of using heat energy instead of the conventional kinetic energy to generate wind energy. According to an application at the US Patent and Trademark Office dated June 2011, the company proposes the use of stored energy instead of kinetic energy to solve variability problems.

In yet another amazing innovation, a group of Dutch researchers from the Delft Technical University plan to launch a bladeless wind turbine soon. The Electrostatic Wind Energy Convertor (EWICON) produces electricity more effectively. Contrary to the conventional turbines which use mechanical energy, the EWICON uses charged water droplets to create electrical energy.

Researchers are also looking into ways of using train wind to generate electricity. This is a concept from Delhi University by a group of students who think the Metro Network could serve a number of small turbines. Upon implementation of the project, one turbine could generate 200 Watts per hour.

There are many other wind technology innovations including solar-powered turbines, the Wind Explorer which is a wind powered car, and skyscrapers wind turbines. All the wind technology innovations aim to make wind energy harvesting more efficient while solving various problems.

As a result of escalating oil prices, Kenya looks to exploit its huge wind energy potential. The National Wind Atlas is one of the government initiatives for enhancing investment in wind energy. Although the use of wind energy has not been significant in Kenya, the ongoing Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, Marsabit’s 300MW project and 60MW plant in Kinangop show the Kenyan Government’s ambitions in wind energy.

In addition, concerted efforts by researchers enhance the use of wind technology, especially in the rural areas of Kenya. For example, Dr. Sam Doby and his Access Kenya Limited (AKL) group have designed and distributed micro turbines in Nyanza, Western Kenya. These turbines help households with energy needs. Kenyans in tea producing areas are also benefiting from wind energy through Izzy Projects owned by the Dutch Pim De Ridder. This firm designs wind power projects for use in tea factories.

Due to concerns about the environment and escalating oil prices, wind technology is developing very fast. With increased interest in wind energy both globally and locally, the prevailing energy problems could soon be forgotten.

A Night with the Energy Royals

By Ted Otieno

Last month, we had the opportunity to attend the Energy Management Awards (EMA) Gala Night themed: ‘A Night with the Energy Royals’ with my fellow Energy Engineers from Eenovators Ltd.

It was a great event where professionals, institutions and legal bodies interested in carving the path towards a sustainable future for Kenya gathered in order to recognize those who had made commendable steps towards achieving these goals.

As an Energy auditor, seeing the measures adopted by Large and Medium scale industries to cut down on energy consumption, based on recommendations from fellow licensed auditors, has been a positive assurance that the audits conducted are not in vain.

Why Energy Management?

The ever-rising cost of energy creates a significant challenge to enterprises as they strive to become more competitive in a globalized environment. Kenya has experienced significant economic growth in the last couple of years, which has resulted in an increased demand for electricity.

One of Kenya’s long-term goals as outlined in Vision 2030 is to provide an installed capacity of 21,599 MW come 2031. Despite having this target, it is imperative for energy savings to be implemented in order to meet the current demand and cut on the cost of generating new power. A good rule of thumb is that for every one unit of energy saved, three units generated are saved.

The Award

The Primary purpose of the Energy Management Award (EMA), managed by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers through the Center for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (CEEC), is to encourage a culture of energy efficiency and conservation. The awards are in several categories:-

  •  Overall Energy Management
  • Large Energy Consumers
  • Best Energy Management Team
  • Overall Energy Management Award
  • Fuel Oil Savings
  • Electricity Savings Large
  • Electricity Savings SMEs
  • Service Sector Award
  • Sustained High Performance
  • Best New Entrant
  • Energy Award Masters Student
  • Green Architect of the Year Award

This year the overall winner of the awards was Mzuri Sweets demonstrating significant Energy savings measures that included implementation of modern energy management infrastructure in their organization. Their initiatives covered variable speed drives and installation of energy efficient Extract Fans.

Through energy management, the CEEC offers an incentive to close the gap between demand and cost of energy. Companies in energy intensive sectors are targeted and encouraged to cut down their consumption. EMA then recognizes enterprises that have made substantial and sustainable gains in energy efficiency through the application of modern energy management principles and practices. In order to be eligible participant for an award a company must have shown: –

  • A well developed, documented, communicated and updated energy policy.
  • A plan of action for implementing the policy
  • A systematic way of conducting regular investment grade energy audits by licensed energy audit firms as outlined by ERC regulation.
  • Acquired resources and structures for implementing energy efficiency measures.
  • Invest in M&V to show gains in energy efficiency over a period of time.

The benefits of participating in EMA include: –

  • A free session on Energy Management Training for all participants during the EMA assessment tool awareness seminar.
  • A forum with KAM Chairman to discuss energy issues.
  • A walk through audit with a feedback report.
  • Inclusion into the Energy Champions Club where you will receive the quarterly E-Newsletter.
  • Exclusive invitation to KAM to build your experience in Energy Management.

Companies in energy intensive sectors can participate by filling out an application form. Application forms can be downloaded from the KAM webpage. An assessment tool is sent to for completion and return to the secretariat. A technical team is dispatched to verify the information on the assessment tool by visiting the organization. Thereafter, the technical team does an assessment of returns and a report is developed for the panel of judges. The panel of judges then adjudicates to select the winners and the runners-up and develops a report for the Advisory Council. The Advisory verifies and ratifies the judges’ report. To cap it all is the gala night where the winners are announced.

As a Energy Manager (EMIT) , and for professionals in the energy sector, it is commendable for KAM to have carried out  subsidized energy audits in over 350 establishments and training over 120 Certified Energy Managers. It is important for large energy consumers, SMEs and even students to participate in the EMA awards in order to share and benefit from Energy Cost saving Measures implemented by their counterparts and ultimately create a sustainable energy future for Kenya. In the words of Pradeep Paunrana, the KAM chairman, ‘We need to leave the world better than we found it and have better discussions on sustainability.’

Ted is a licensed EMIT (Energy Manager in Training) and has a keen interest in implementation of Energy Cost Saving Measures for Commercial and Industrial Clients. Ted also specializes in Energy Audits as well as Monitoring and Verification of Implemented Energy Cost saving Measures. If you would like to reach him send him an email at ted@eenovators.com.

Solar Hot Water Workshop 2018 Resolutions

The successful Solar Hot Water 2018 Workshop that was held on 15th and 16th February 2018 brought together stakeholders in the solar hot water industry drawn from both the private and public sector including solar technicians and contractors, plumbers, renewable energy consultants, energy training firms, energy research bodies, the hospitality industry, government institutions, manufacturers, and the real estate industry to discuss pertinent matters concerning the sector.

There has been and continues to be, an urgent need to focus attention on Solar Energy and specifically on Solar Hot Water, and review what has happened in the past five years towards assessing the impact of the awareness created and the uptake of solar hot water solutions.

Experts with the technical competence required, facilitated the workshop including Mr. Eric Hawkins from Thermaltricity International, Mr. Nickson Bukachi from the Energy Regulatory Authority, and Eng. Chris Mbori of Eenovators Ltd. The workshop had very engaging discussions and practical installation sessions.

The Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012 requiring all premises with hot water requirements exceeding 100 litres per day to have solar water heating panels, has generated in depth dialogue on how to regulate, improve and capitalize on the industry requirement, and towards sharing knowledge for sustainable next steps. The workshop generated five major resolutions that were unanimously passed, and will be embraced by industry players and key stakeholders in the country.

The workshop’s success drew from the partnership with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), The Strathmore Energy Resource Centre (SERC), The Association of Energy Professionals East Africa (AEPEA), and Sunstream Solar Energy Limited that provided a conducive environment that yielded a strategic way forward.

These 5 resolutions passed by the Solar Hot Water Workshop 2018 include the resolve to:

  1. Entreat upon the Ministry of Energy to engage all consultative processes within its power and as governed by law to commune a stakeholders’ forum involving the holistic range of solar hot water practitioners and associated stakeholders both in formal and non-formal institutions towards a collaborative process to discuss and propose solutions for improvement of the solar hot water industry performance
  2. Urge the government and all members, partners, and players in the solar hot water services sector to invest in training, education, and awareness about solar hot water to ensure best practice is undertaken in the industry, and that an aspiration towards increased consumption is adopted to meet the country’s targets
  3. Call for a comprehensive review of the Solar Hot Water Regulations 2012 with a view to enhancement for the inclusion of aspects on quality control, technical competencies, standards institution and audits; and for the inclusion of non-compliance consequences
  4. Challenge all solar hot water practitioners and other stakeholders from the public and private sector to invest in research and development, to ensure there is constant contribution to the body of knowledge in the solar hot water sector, and that solar hot water solution are customized for local consumption to ensure maximum performance and
  5. Urge the entire solar hot water fraternity to innovate around financing options exist and explore financial models for adoption towards embracing financial inclusion, and providing solar hot water options for the currently unserved, and underserved markets in the region towards overall increased uptake of solar hot water systems.

These resolutions need to be fully embraced and support provided with public private partnership projects implemented to ensure end to end solar hot water implementation with local and global technologies, installation options, cost effective alternative materials, and troubleshooting techniques. The full Solar Hot Water Workshop 2018 report is available on www.eenovators.com

World Energy Day 2017 Highlights

World Energy Day was proposed by Harold Oh and proclaimed first on July 22, 2012 at the World Energy Forum 2012. Since, the World Energy Day is celebrated internationally and supported by a large number of United Nations member states.

World Energy Day is observed yearly on October 22 to raise awareness towards policies that increase energy efficiency across various sectors and conservation of natural resources. The aim of the World Energy Day is to demonstrate the importance of choices made by society regarding energy policies, energy production, energy use and the environment.

Pioneered by Eenovators Limited, World Energy Day was celebrated for the 2nd time in Kenya on 16th -22nd October 2017. World Energy Day 2017 celebrations began  with sending of invitation mails to clients,  follow up phone calls, sending of registration forms,  sending of list of activity ideas,  sending of reporting template, brochures and flyers of information for the celebrations.

World Energy Day Activities

  • The following World Energy Day activities were planned;
    • WED Conference
    • WED Webinar
    • WED Student innovation challenge
    • WED School talks
    • WED Twitter Chats
    • KTN Interview

World Energy Day Conference

WED conference was meant to be held on 19th October from 8am -5pm the UNEP Conference facilities but was postponed to a later date due to the political atmosphere in the country during that week.

The theme of the conference was “The Future of Energy in Africa: The Sustainability Agenda”

Key note Speakers were:

  •  Nyaradzai Chiwaye – The Role of Energy in the Corporate Sustainability Agenda: Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Resilience
  • Dr. Job Mogire –  Unpacking the Six Vital Human Needs and their Impact on Your Success

World Energy Day Webinar

WED webinar was held on the 19th October from 11am-12 noon. The speaker was Andrew Githaiga- Head of Regional Lending EA and he spoke on the topic of Available financing Options for Renewable Energy Projects in East Africa.

World Energy Day Student Innovation challenge

WED Student Innovation challenge  kicked off on 3rd -16th  October with the deadline for innovation submission  being extended from the 10th to 16th October  Communication  about the challenge was sent out to 15 universities in total .

Engineering/ non Engineering students were to come up with a Clean Energy Innovation Challenge by uploading a video pitch and sharing it on twitter with the #WorldEnergyDayKe 2017

A total number of 5 video challenges from different universities were uploaded on Eenovators twitter handle. Students from Moi, Egerton, Jaramogi and JKUAT.

The Prize for the best students are:

  • Winner- 50,000
  • 1st runners up – 25,000
  • 2nd runners up – 15,000

The judges for the student innovation challenge are;

  •  Nekesa Were- Director of platform services @iHub
  • Andy Amadi – Certified  Energy manager and Chemical and Process Engineer
  • Harry Karanja – Founder  Genius Executive

The judges are still looking for the best innovation challenge thus the winning student is yet to be announced.

WED Twitter chat

We had 3 live twitter chats for WED 2017.

  • The first was held on the 16th October 2017 from 11 am to 1pm and the topic was  What does energy mean to you
  • The second was held on 18th October 2017 from at 11 am and the topic was Things to implement that will save on energy at home, in offices and factories
  • To wind up WED twitter chat the third  was held on 24th October  from 2pm – 3 pm and the topic was Know your solar: Everything you need to know about Solar Hot Water and Solar PV

The speaker was Chris Mbori CEO Eenovators

The most engaging twitter chat was on Solar as most people asked questions and were well answered by the speaker.

WED School talks

Three schools were identified for the WED talks;

  • Riruta satellite Education Center  –  18th  October at 4pm
  • Agape Hope Schools  – 16th October  at 3.30 pm
  • St. Dorcas Education Center  –  21st  October at 11 pm

However the talks from the 3 schools were postponed to a later date due to ongoing exams in the schools.

The World Energy Day celebrations in Kenya were highly curtailed by the political environment and the activities planned did not fully take off. However, plans for the 2018 World Energy Day have been set in a view to ensure that they are bigger and better.

Two Eenovators’ Clients are Awarded With the Coveted ERC Energy Management Compliance Certificates

The Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, 20th June 2017, issued energy management compliance certificates to Kapa Oil Refineries and Kisima Farm, for complying with the Energy Management Regulations 2012. Compliance certificates are issued to organizations that manage to achieve sustainable energy management through the implementation of efficient energy management practices that result to energy savings and cost reduction.Currently, only two other organizations, B.A.T Kenya and Mombasa Cement Limited, have managed to be awarded with compliance certificates by ERC since 2015 when the first compliance certificate was offered.

Both organizations have managed to be awarded with this rare and coveted certification that sets apart organizations committed to environmental sustainability compliance, by working in partnership with Eenovators as an energy management partner. Through the Eenovators Eagles Energy Management Program, both Kisima Farm and Kapa Oil Refineries have benefitted from the immense expertise offered in the journey towards compliance. Eenovators Limited records unparalleled success, being the energy advisory partner for both organizations and has walked with the two organizations from the beginning, conducting their energy audits, recommending energy conservation measures (ECMs) and guiding the implementation of these ECMs.

Kapa Oil Refineries, one of the household names that offerpremium quality consumer goods in Kenya and the larger African continent, is keen on ensuring adherence to the set quality standards both locally and internationally. Kapa Oil Refineries has over the years managed to uphold the best quality and food safety practices in their processes and even complying with the international quality management systems, ISO 9001:2008 and HACCP Standards requirements as well as specifications by Kenya Bureau of Standards. With quality as one of their pillars, Kapa has done it again by managing to be recognized for their efforts to be energy conscious in their operations as is testament of the compliance certificate issuance by ERC. KAPA sets a new record being the first company in the manufacture of consumer goods industry to be recognized by ERC for their efforts in energy management. Kapa has managed to save 300-400million a year just by being energy efficient an important aspect as a manufacturer that contributes 14% to the GDP that is raked from the manufacturing industry.

Kisima Farm, situated in Timau location in Meru county, is one of the largest farms in the region that is known for wheat and barley farming, floriculture and potato farming. In addition, Kisima Farm puts considerable efforts in promoting conservation efforts of forest cover in the Mt. Kenya region as well as leading community empowerment projects in education, water and health projects. Kisima Farm has made taken great strides in energy management being one of the pioneers in the use of solar panels to generate energy for the farm’s usage. Kisima also sets the pace for other farms in the country as they work towards achievement energy management, serving as a benchmark for energy compliance in horticulture.  Horticulture contributes an estimated 2% to the national GDP and the Kenyan industry has grown significantly over the last decade in the worldwide flower industry.

Kapa Oil Refineries and Kisima Farms’ representatives receive their compliance certificates from ERC’s Acting Director General, Pavel Robert Oimeke

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HYDRO POWER: HARNESSING THE POWER OF WATER

It is the rainy season and much of the country is receiving a lot of rain. Even though the rains have been accompanied by increased level of destruction to infrastructure, widespread flooding and lose of life in some cases, on the positive side, we are already starting to experience its positive impacts.

Overall inflation is going down since there is more supply of agricultural goods in the market and KPLC has hinted on the possibility of it lowering the electricity price per kilowatt-hour unit since more of the power it is buying in bulk for onward distribution to the customers is being generated using hydro and not the expensive thermal power systems. Just the other day the Deputy President hinted at a further reduction of the grid connection fee to about 15,000 in the next two years.

With a lot of water flowing in many rivers and streams it is possible to harness the energy in the water to generate power for domestic use using micro hydropower systems. These systems usually generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity. A micro hydro power system can supply homeowners and small business owners such as farmers and ranchers with enough electrical power. For example a 10-kilowatt micro hydropower system can provide enough power for a large home, a small resort business or a farm.

But how does one generate power from water? Generally hydropower systems use the energy in flowing water to produce electricity or and mechanical energy. Even though one can dam the river so as to harness the moving water to produce energy, for micro hydropower systems, run-of-the-river systems which does not require large storage reservoirs is often used.

A run off river micro hydropower consists of a water conveyance, a water Turbine, a pump or waterwheel, an alternator or generator, regulators and wiring. For run-of-the-river micro hydropower system, a portion of a river’s water is diverted to a water conveyance system that is usually a channel, a pipeline, or pressurized pipeline (penstock) that delivers it to a turbine (for electricity generation) or waterwheel (for mechanical power). The moving water rotates the wheel or turbine, which spins a shaft. The motion of the shaft can be used for mechanical processes, such as pumping water, or it can be used to power an alternator or generator to generate electricity. The micro hydropower system can be connected to an electric distribution system (grid-connected), or it can stand alone (off-grid).

Evaluating a Potential Micro hydropower Site

To build a micro hydropower system, you need access to flowing water on your property. A sufficient quantity of falling water must be available throughout or for the better part of the year. The best sites are but not always, hilly or mountainous. Other important considerations for a potential micro hydropower site include the site power output, its economics, relevant permits required, and water rights to abide to.

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For the site power output one need to determine the head (the vertical distance the water falls) and the flow (the quantity of water falling in liters or meters cube).

Commercially available turbines and generators are usually sold as a package. Do-it-yourself systems require careful matching of a generator with the turbine horsepower and speed. Many systems also use an inverter to convert the low-voltage direct current (DC) electricity produced by the system into 120 or 240 volts of alternating current (AC) electricity.

Whether a micro hydropower system will be grid-connected or stand-alone will determine many of its balance of system components. For example, some stand-alone systems use batteries to store the electricity generated by the system. However, because hydropower resources tend to be more seasonal in nature than wind and solar, batteries may not always be practical for micro hydropower systems. If batteries are used to store power, they should be located as close to the turbine as possible since it is difficult to transmit low-voltage power over long distances.

Whatever the upfront costs of the micro hydropower system, a typical hydroelectric system last for long meaning payback period is shorter. Currently there are systems that were installed in the country in 1920’s that are still working perfectly. As long as there is water, the system will continue producing electricity with occasional maintenance being replacement of bearings and other moving parts of the turbines. Maintenance is generally not expensive.