SERC intends to carve out a niche as an applied technology centre where RETs are researched on, tested and adapted for local conditions. As a research centre, SERC develops methods and evaluates current trends in the implementation of RETs with an aim of improving existing knowledge and practices. In addition, SERC offers programs to enable trainees and clients set up renewable energy pilot projects, social and economic analysis, develop research papers and evaluate prototype performance. In this light, SERC has so far worked on various research projects as below:
Solar Pico-PV research project
SERC is collaborating with the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NaCoSTI) in carrying out research on the replacement of kerosene lighting systems in the rural areas of Kenya with solar Pico-PV products.
Under this project, SERC is distributing 500, 7W Fosera solar home systems to households in 10 counties in Kenya.
Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)funded by USAID in partnership with GIZ and SERC are championing the development and implementation of solar PV outreach training module for capacity building of Technical Training Institutes and equipping them to conduct T1, T2 training.
Empowering Africa Project
The project began at Strathmore University, an associate business school of IESE’s, the internationally renowned graduate business school at the University of Navarra in Spain, to collect case data and recruit students. The project is anchored in the assertion that by creating the conditions necessary to provide alternatives to oil and gasoline, developing nations can be able to enjoy tremendous economic, health and environmental benefits devoid of overdependence in fossil fuels.
SERC/Rheinische Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) partnered with SERC to conduct an impact evaluation of the employment and income effects of related GIZ-EnDev activities in Kenya. The research project began on 29th June-12th August 2015.
The impact evaluation was intended to provide first rigorous insights into the employment and income impacts of selected energy access interventions. The evaluation design focused on fixed stoves and pico-PV.
Sea Water Desalination Using Wave Power Project Brief
In light of existing water scarcity and an impending global water crisis, it is predicted that at the current rates of consumption, nearly two-thirds of the global population will face water shortage challenges by 2025. In a bid to play a part in addressing this challenge, Strathmore University’s Energy Research Centre (SERC) has joined the Uppsala University’s Electrical Department in a project aimed at desalinating sea water and making it fit for drinking and irrigation by harnessing the power of the waves. In its first phase, this project will involve a PhD study carried out in Sweden using data and conditions obtained from the Kenyan coast. This first phase of the project will run for three years from 2016 – 2018 and is expected to generate valuable information for the industry and open up new possibilities for fresh water and energy generation using the renewable natural wave energy resource off the Kenyan Coast.
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