Small Wind Energy Training
The 2nd Small wind energy training scheduled to commence on 14th – 18th March 2016 hosted (14) trainers from various Institutions. The ToT training aims for Capacity Development to Promote Rural Electrification using wind energy as source of renewable energy. The training was successful and it recorded the best performance based on 1St SWET.
The first Small wind Energy training has been successfully conducted in March 2015.
Development of an efficient rotor blade for a small wind turbine
The increasing interest in the use of wind energy for mechanical purposes like water pumping and also for electricity generation is leading to local manufacturers developing their own wind turbines that tend to generally cost much lower than the imported types. However, a major drawback of these systems is the problem of low or inefficient rotor blades, and lack of standards to prevent the development of low quality wind turbines. Consequently, this project seeks to develop a low cost, highly efficient rotor blade that utilises locally available materials. In addition it seeks to work together with Kenya Bureau of Standards (and other stakeholders) in the development of standards for local small wind turbines.
Laboratory for Wind Energy Conversion
There is a huge potential for wind energy to alleviate energy needs in rural off-grid areas in Kenya. However, the quality and efficiency of locally made systems are varied and unreliable. JKUAT, in collaboration with two local manufacturers, has installed a wind turbine and windmill at the IEET. The objective is to modify the windmill so that it can pump water and at the same time generate power, whereas for the wind turbine the priority is to modify and improve the design to make it useable in less windy areas. The local manufacturers will benefit from the research findings which will enable them improve on their design and the efficiency of their products.
These research projects are being conducted in collaboration with several researchers from Ashikaga Institute of Technology (AIT), including Prof. Nakajo, Prof. Ando and Dr. Nishizawa among others.
For more information about Research on wind energy, contact Mr. F.X. Ochieng’, Research Fellow at IEET Xavier(at)ieet.jkuat.ac.ke