Green Energy project targeting low-income households kicks off at KAFUCO
Plans to set up a green energy production and research enterprise at Kaimosi Friends University College have advanced.
The establishment of a production unit and office space for the Eco-Gel Enterprise has begun, paving way for a project expected to transform lives in rural Kenya and the East African region.
The project should have kicked off in January but was put off due to effects of Covid-19.
Expected impact to the universities include strengthened research and research publications, attraction of research funds, and internship opportunities for students.
To the local communities the cheaper thick liquid gel extracted from fruit peelings presents a smokeless alternative biofuel innovated to reduce Kenya’s reliance on carbon fuels, which add to pollution and kill many. It is touted to have a Higher Heat Value than liquefied petroleum gas.
The project supported by BioInnovate Africa is a collaboration between KAFUCO and Maseno University. Other collaborators include the Lake Basin Development Authority, the Tropical Pesticide Research Institute and Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation.
Our Principal Prof Ogodo J.M Nandi on Thursday July 2, 2020 received the first batch of equipment meant for establishing the enterprise and was inducted on the project.
Prof Nandi hailed the collaboration as a significant step toward meeting the very essence of university of university education – research and research publication.
Dr Benson Nyambega, a partner from Maseno University explained that the enterprise will churn out 1000 litres of the bioalkanol gel into the country every week at its peak. Expansion, he said, will see the project serve the East African region, replacing kerosene and firewood as energy sources.
KAFUCO is also setting up a multidisciplinary research center to orient training towards scientific quests and strengthen the University profile in the region.