By Karen Thuranira

Training is a very powerful tool to fuel the growth of any organization. Eenovators has trained over 500 professionals in the energy industry. 

In November last year, two of Eenovators consultants; Chris Mbori and Eng. Jabes Manyala landed in Entebbe Uganda on an exciting Friday evening, they knew they wanted to change the lives of a few sons and daughters of Uganda by doing what they do best; Energy Training!

What was the training about?

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEEP) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) had previously supported the training of 35 Certified Energy Auditors in Uganda through its implementing agency, Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD).

GIZ-PREEEP identified lack of appropriate energy audit equipment as an obstacle to the capability of the auditors to offer professional audit services. They therefore went a step further and procured the necessary initial set of equipment and engaged Eenovators Limited to conduct energy audit equipment use for the auditors.

Who was trained?

The 35 Certified Energy Auditors (CEMs) were trained on the basic theory of the equipment applications and deployment then practical training conducted at two sites which had been arranged by GIZ.

The CEMs got a chance to use the various energy audit equipment, download measured data and analyze it using software for each equipment as applicable. They also learnt many soft skills such as the safety precautions required during energy audit, equipment use in order to assure safety of both equipment and personnel. They learnt skills required to identify different challenges in the field and how to find solutions using step by step analysis to arrive at the best options.

The equipment used for the training included;

Benefit of the training

The main objective of this training was to train energy consultants on the use of energy audit equipment.  However, the participants benefited in the following ways as well;

  • They were able to clearly identify and classify the various types of energy audit equipment and other accessories
  • They gained a clear understanding of when and where to use the various energy audit tools
  • They acquired skills to enable them install, use, maintain and troubleshoot the various energy audit equipment
  • They were equipped with technical analytical skills based on data from the audit equipment.
  • They were equipped with technical report writing skills based on the data from energy audit equipment.
  • The trainers did an overview of health and safety in energy auditing, introduced the CEMs to energy auditing methodology and energy auditing instrumentation and measurements.

Participant Feedback from the Training

After the training was concluded, feedback from participants was collected and merged with the trainers’ observations. Below is a summary of the feedback;

1. There was information overload due to the many audit instruments participants had to learn how to use within a very short time. To avoid this, training can be conducted on related instrument clusters such as:

  • Power Quality instruments, Loggers and Clamp MetersThermal Imagers and Infrared
  • Thermometers, Flue Gas Testers
  • Ultrasonic Flow Meters and Ultrasonic Leak Detectors, etc.

2. A training on Data collection, data analysis and report writing should follow the audit equipment training as it’s an area of interest as well.

3. The surest way to understand how to use the large array of energy audit equipment is to deploy it practically. It is not enough just to go through the theory sessions only.

4. A better way to conduct energy audit equipment training programs is to first focus on specific areas of energy audits, for instance;

  • compressors and compressed air systems
  • Boilers and steam systems
  • Renewable energy systems (Solar PV, Solar water, etc.)

Studies have shown that the most successful organizations have attributed their success to employee training. Training is the sure key to unlock an employee’s potential, improve on their skills and give them the confidence to make a difference. This in turn, leads to great success for both the employee and the organization.