The introduction of REHAU Home Gas in Kenya particularly to people living in the rural areas will reduce over reliance on wood energy, consequently increasing Kenya’s dwindling forest cover.
REHAU Head of International Business Development, Mr. Ingo Von Ramdohr, made this remark during a workshop held at JKUAT Main Campus on Business Potential in REHAU Biogas, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Mr. Ramdohr added that using these biogas units will reduces respiratory diseases and eye inflammation caused by smoke and will encourage locals to buy cows enhancing production of milk which provides an extra source of income for the people.
The one-day workshop brought together energy entrepreneurs, co-operative societies and financial institution with the aim of promoting the adoption and use of REHAU Home Gas in peri-urban and rural areas.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga in a statement read on her behalf by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, assured REHAU of JKUAT’s total commitment towards the project and urged the stakeholders present to work in unison to create a clean and safer environment for the betterment of the Kenya people.
“This is an initiative that will save our environment and improve peoples’ health by generating clean energy at the same time producing organic fertilizer hence increasing farm yields,” said Prof. Imbuga.
The Head of HUB Africa-REHAU, Mr. Ernest Otto Zippel, acknowledged that biogas is an extremely valuable energy source, gaining recognition as a premium source of renewable energy.
He said REHAU in collaboration with JKUAT has developed an innovative micro biogas plant that is inexpensive to acquire, efficient and portable for home cooking.
“Our product is environmental friendly since no methane gas is released to the environment, and to enhance ownership, the biogas unit is made by locally available materials,” said Mr. Zippel.
The project which is currently incubated at JKUAT’s Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park as a start-up company will have a yearly output of 3000 units. One unit retails at Kshs. 58,000.