The Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) implementing team led by Prof. Yasuhiro Fujimitsu of Kyushu University and JICA Senior Director, Energy, Dr. Kobayakawa Toru, paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, September 24, 2019.
SATREPS is a Japanese government programme that promotes international joint research targeting global issues spearheaded by Japan Science and Technology Agency and JICA. The projects under the programme are expected to lead to outcomes with the potential for practical utilization and enhance research capacity in host countries.
JKUAT, KenGen, Kyushu University (Japan), Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and JICA bided for the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) geothermal research grant in 2018 and were successfully awarded. The 5 year project, set to begin in April 2020, provides a great opportunity for comprehensive solution for optimum development and utilization of geothermal resources in the East African Rift Valley.
During the meeting, Dr. Toru informed the Vice Chancellor that the project will focus on four main activities namely; refining conceptual models of geothermal system in Olkaria and Menengai; analysis of geothermal reservoir management especially silica scale prevention and removal; study on social acceptance and cascading of geothermal energy use; and capacity building in geothermal energy including enrollment in Master and PhD programmes at Kyushu University.
The project being implemented by Kyushu University, West Japan Engineering Consultants Inc, (experts in geothermal energy) and JICA in collaboration with JKUAT, KenGen, GDC and University of Nairobi will also develop short term courses to build the capacity of geothermal professionals in the country.
While assuring the University’s support for the project, Prof Ngumi said she was confident the partnership will significantly facilitate the rollout of authoritative knowledge, innovations and technology to the geothermal sector across the country.
“Let’s keep this collaboration alive and develop a smooth working relationship between the partner institutions for the benefit of this and future generations,” urged Prof. Ngumi.
Present during the meeting were Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof Bernard Ikua and Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Principal College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Nderitu, and AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Chief Advisor, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze, among others.