EREE-RC undertakes market driven research and development, testing and product development/improvement and transfer of energy technologies.
To take lead in the quest for sustainable energy solutions through dedicated Research and Development (R&D) and transferring findings which support accelerated uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.
Areas of focus:
- Energy Resources
Biogas: Research on biogas substrates; co-generation optimization.; bio-fertilizer; digester design and optimization. Provides training, demonstration and testing services to entrepreneurs; has an online Information Best Practices Platform (IBPP) for biogas industry.
Waste to energy conversion: Promoting waste conversion technologies for energy generation. Undertaking research on Bioethanol and
Biomass: Biomass characterization; biomass conversion technologies and technology optimization, briquetting technologies and Clean Combustion Technologies.
Solar energy: Solar photovoltaic (PV); concentrated solar power (CSP); solar water heating; solar drying; feasibility studies; customized designs of what?; research and development of photovoltaic materials (please confirm); testing of PV materials, training and installation.
- Energy Efficiency
EREERC undertakes efficiency testing for combustion technologies (industrial boiler plants and institutional stoves), lighting and electrical appliances. Conducts energy audits and offers consultancy services on energy management; and development, improvement, testing and certification of energy products. It also has a database on specific renewable energy technologies.
Key IEREE Facilities
- Biomass Research Laboratory and Testing Center:
The stove testing laboratory is equipped with Laboratory Emissions Monitoring (LEMS) equipment. It conducts performance assessment of clean cook stoves and advice on technical areas of improvement. It works closely with Kenya Bureau of Standards in the development and review of cook stoves standards.
This laboratory provides services to industries for water boiling tests; determination of emissions and efficiencies; safety test; controlled cooking test; in design; feedstock selection; and pellets, briquettes and bioethanol test
- Energy Efficiency Laboratory:
The Energy Efficiency Laboratory has an Inertial Dynamometer System (IDS) for assessment of performance of industrial motors; Spectroradiometer/Integrating Sphere system for study and analysis of general service electric lamps; and modern portable equipment for on-site measurements and assessment in accordance to the energy management standards.
- Biogas Laboratory:
The laboratory undertakes analytical work on biogas feedstock, gas and digestate. Services offered by the laboratory include: Promotion of industrial-scale AD systems uptake; biomethane potential analysis; digestate analysis; biogas composition; feasibility studies; advice for and monitoring; feedstock analyses; biogas plant operation and maintenance, training and capacity building.