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MMUST in the Dwell for Green Energy

On Tuesday 29th January 2019, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology  signed  a Memorandum  of Understanding  with Cleaner Future Oy, a company that  is  based  in Finland. Cleaner   Future Oy, is   an organization dedicated to providing  renewable solar energy system with  reliability and superior  power  quality  which  reduces the  cost of  electricity  and the  use of fossil fuels.

This    collaboration   includes  the   first phase   of   a    project   towards    saving energy in MMUST. This  activity  will start by powering  the  new Administration's block    wholly,    using     solar   energy, followed  by other  upcoming  buildings in the future. This  will  cut down electricity bills for the University in the  medium  to  long   term  plan. The technology  supplied   by Cleaner   Future Oy partners  is  cutting edge and a first  in the  world.  Not  only  is   the  source of energy   clean,     but   the   energy   their technology   produces is  also  clean in the sense   that   it  corrects   harmonics   and other noise   introduced  into the system by   computers    and    other   electronic equipment.  A clean waveform  directly results     in    significant      savings   and efficiency.

The group took an extensive tour of the new office building  to get an in depth understanding  of the installed  electrical. This will enable the technical  team come up with the least  disruptive strategy for augmenting  the building's system  with smart  solar  power

The key areas   of collaboration between the two institutions  will be centred around; renewable power generation, electrical    power  quality   improvement, renewable energy storage implementation, creation of an innovative business model on installation and utilization of renewables, and added value via power quality enhancement, joint fundraising for installation and operation of a showcase solar energy system on selected MMUST buildings, research facilitation through data acquired from installed systems for post graduate students, training workshops for solar energy systems, demonstration facility for the installed system at MMUST, highlighting the great advantages of renewable (solar), in line with Kenya's Big 4 Agenda, and enhancement of international and local linkages in renewable energy research and utilization.

Mr. Joni Lepisto, the company's CEO, first visited MMUST on December 5th 2018 where he paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Bosire and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Planning, Research and Innovation, Prof Egara Kabaji. Thereafter, a series of meetings and communication followed between the Cleaner Future's and a team that was led by the Chairperson of MMUST Greening Initiative, Dr James Owuor. The University's team comprised of; Dr. Catherine Aurah, the Director of International Relations and Academic Linkages, Dr. Ferdinand Nyongesa of Electrical and Communication Engineering Department, Dr. Consolata Ngala, the Associate Dean in the School of Postgraduate Studies and Mr. Patrick lmbalo of the Finance department.

Read more in the  MMUST News Post Volume 2 Issue 3

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