Constant Energy supply is vital in ensuring smooth running of operations in an industry. However, its efficient harnessing and utilization is critical in ensuring there is additional headroom for the sector thus limiting excessive capital investment.
This was revealed during the 22nd Innovation webinar for staff and students organized by the Africa-ai-Japan Project II in collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture (JKUAT) to deliberate on the importance of efficient energy use for sustainable societal development, Friday, July 9, 2021.
According to the Energy Intelligence Africa Limited (EIAL), Co-Founder, Mr. Robert Bichange Munga, misuse of energy impacts negatively on a business or company’s financial resources due to an increase of huge bills incurred as well as repairing worn out tools and machines.
“Energy efficiency is about reducing energy cost and ensuring the entity involved gets value for money,” said Mr. Munga.
The EIAL Co founder underscored the importance of energy conservation especially in terms of conserving the environment, noting that individuals must play their role as guardians of their surrounding and to avoid facing the wrath of Mother Nature and for future generations to come.
With Kenya’s energy bulk coming from hydro-sources, Mr. Munga noted that attaining energy efficiency requires energy audit and monitoring and verification which he further added, is supported by legislation, with the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) spearheading the push to be effectively undertaken.
“We need a huge societal attitude change to champion the importance of conservational efforts. This grassroots approach will be crucial in our objective,” stated Mr. Munga.
On the importance of the Webinar, Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Centre (iPIC) sub taskforce leader, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu said, the event was an important avenue for the University to leverage on research and impact societal development.
Dr. Ndiritu thanked the Africa-ai-Japan Project for making the interaction between JKUAT and industry a reality, noting the seminar would strengthen the link between learning institutions and industry which would be beneficial to staff and students in terms of tapping available opportunities such as internships and job opportunities.
“This is an important avenue where we can link our partners locally with our international partners as a way of widening our networks,” asserted Dr. Ndiritu.
The Africa-ai-Japan Project II Chief Adviser, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze said the energy sector was an important area especially for engineers, stating that the webinar would build their capacity to efficiently use energy for the good of the society.
Even with vast sources of energy available, Prof. Koaze reiterated the need for Kenya to upscale her resources in a bid to ensure effective utilization of its immense energy resources further adding that collaboration would be a game changer in unlocking its huge potential.