MoU with Solar Energy Firm to Advance Photo-Voltaic Training
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Thu, 2016-03-31 14:26

Students will be trained in photo-voltaic systems as well as receive scholarship opportunities, while staff are set to benefit from technology transfer. This was revealed when University of Nairobi signed a memorandum of understanding with Sun Farming.

Sun Farming ,which is a German company that specializes in harvesting solar energy for food production, energy and farming purposes, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Nairobi.

University of Nairobi’s Physics department established a Solar Academy since April 2012 where training of photo-voltaic systems has been carried out to more than 350 participants from Government, NGOs and private institutions.


Speaking during the courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, affirmed support from the University towards the project.

Prof. Bernard Aduda, the Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, noted that the Department of Physics has been at the forefront in training students in Masters and PhD programs in the areas on photo-voltaic systems. The next level of photo-voltaic systems training will help technologists connect the generated solar power to the national grid. Solar Academy has received support from countries like Sweden, Netherlands among others. It has also attracted participants not only from Kenya but Uganda, South Sudan and the greater Sudan drawn from institutions such as Kenya Power and Kenya Bureau of Standards,World Vision and Kickstart International. Solar Academy carries out two trainings every year in April and August for two weeks.

The multidisciplinary training also collaborates with other Colleges such as the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, the College of Architecture and Engineering, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Also present during the meeting include Prof. Julius Mwabora, Chairman , Department of Physics, Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement, Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Communications and Mr. Peter Muturi, Public Relations Manager.

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