JKUAT held its 8th Scientific, Technology and Industrialization Conference on 14th and 15th November. Prof Ushiyama Izumi, President of Ashikaga Institute of Technology and a member of BRIGHT Project delivered the Keynote address at the conference plenary on “Water, Energy and Environment and Climate Change.” In a speech that was well received, he explained how devastating natural disasters are on the increase worldwide, citing global warming as the cause. He warned that to stop this trend, urgent measures need to be taken, adding that the world needs to move from energy hunting and scavenging to sustainable energy production through the use of renewable energy.
On the second day, BRIGHT Project also held a Seminar for Small Wind energy systems. Prof. Kahangi, DVC at RPE (Research, Production and Extension) opened the seminar and expressed her hope that research in Small wind energy systems could be applied to help alleviate the lack of electrification in rural areas in the near future. Prof. Ushiyama started with an educative presentations on the history and recent trends of small wind energy systems in Japan and in the world in general.
Dr. Tsutomu Dei, a JICA consultant working with REA (Rural Electrification Authority) then made a presentation on Wind energy data collection and analysis in Kenya. His colleague, Mr. Hannington Gochi from REA presented a model study of a wind and diesel engine hybrid power station in Habaswein. Lastly, Eng. Kiremu Magambo presented results of a survey that was commissioned by the BRIGHT project. The survey analysed the Training Needs Assessment for Small Wind Energy training in Kenya. This survey will form the basis of a small wind energy training curriculum that BRIGHT Project is planning to facilitate in the next year.