Home Biogas Energy Entrepreneurs Training

Prof. Odhiambo addressing the trainees

Prof. Odhiambo addressing the trainees

JKUAT’s Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park (NITP) in collaboration with REHAU Home Gas and Agro-Science are conducting a four-day home biogas technology installation and application training that ends, Friday, January 29, 2016.

The training brings together 20 business entrepreneurs drawn from the counties of Nyeri, Bungoma, Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisii, Taita Taveta, Siaya, Kakamega and Nyandarua. These entrepreneurs, the pioneering beneficiaries of this technology transfer skills, are expected to create awareness and escalate the skills and knowledge to as many relevant artisans across Kenyan counties.

In November 2015 through a joint effort between JKUAT and REHAU Home Gas, a new equipment production and assembly facility for the production of biogas was installed at JKUAT. The Home-gas project intends to provide rural and semi-urban households across the country with mini-biogas units that runs on cow dung and water for domestic cooking.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga in a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, assured REHAU Home Gas and the trainees, of JKUAT’s total commitment and was confident that the project will encourage dairy farming, the use of renewable energy and drastically reduce local energy over-reliance on wood, a practice that will be vital in increasing Kenya’s dwindling forest cover.

“Clearly, your presence here today is a definite testimony to our resolve to empower our rural peoples. JKUAT is particularly motivated with the project because of its technology transfer and wealth creation implication,” said Prof. Imbuga

Mr. Zippel explains to the trainees how to install the fermenter

Mr. Zippel explains to the trainees how to install the fermenter

The Head of HUB Africa-Rehau, Mr. Ernest Otto Zippel encouraged the trainees to interact and give insights on how the product will be fascinating and beneficial to those in the semi-urban and rural area to enhance the sustainability and usability of the product.

Also speaking during the opening of the training were Thorsten Pollatz of Agro-Science and Dr. Suleiman Oketch, Director NITP.

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