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Potential of renewable energy in Marsabit, Kenya

The Global renewable energy agenda in line with the Sustainable Development goal 7 (SDG 7) is a necessary component in driving Africa’s transition to increasing access to the Energy poor. Marsabit county is riddled with inexhaustible renewable energy resources such as solar that can be harnessed to facilitate the increasing energy demands within the region whilst providing sustainable solutions to the energy crisis. Investment within the renewable energy space is highly welcome by the Government of Kenya, with the introduction of reduced tax incentives of solar products, locally available talent and the drive towards vision 2030 which encompasses the need to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030.   Marsabit county is the largest county in Kenya and its largest town Moyale    boasts of a population of 459, 785 Kenyans whose pastoral productive systems form the main livelihood in Marsabit county. Th
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How can Electric Mobility contribute to solving the fuel crisis?

  In most parts of Kenya, the past few months have been characterized by gruesome images of crowded petrol stations, snake like queues of vehicles with empty, thirsty tanks waiting for that elusive diesel/petrol quench, riders, jerricans in hand, in line for hours on end and losing out on revenues where their time could have been better spent. The increasing cost of fuel doesn’t help either, the impact felt, not only by those whose income is highly dependent on the transport sector but even those whose daily commute to work requires some form of vehicle with an internal combustion engine. Households are directly affected as the transport budget has doubled or tripled for some. The cost of public transport has increased significantly just as much as the fuel budget for private commuters who have to make sacrifices to ensure their families get to where they need to be.  The fuel crisis extended far beyond the pump, with lack of affordable transport affected businesses and prices of commo

Women Mobilize Women

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) supports women in the transport sector by addressing the need to involve women and empower change-makers in the mobility and transport sector to cater to women needs. The Women mobilize women initiative serves as a network and information hub that strongly influences the international debate on the role and potential of women in the mobility sector.   I was humbled to have been selected as one of the fifteen #ElectricWomen working in the field of Electric Mobility for TUMI and Women Mobilize Women’s annual remarkable women publication, 2022. The scope of women selected in this publication ranges from engineers, activists, journalists, and researchers; all serving as role models for future generations of young women entering the transportation sector. Check out the publication to hear about all the Remarkable women within E-Mobility. These are some of their stories  from the publication.

How to prepare for registration from GE to PE with the Engineers Board of Kenya

After working for a minimum of three years under the supervision of a registered professional engineer in good standing with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), a graduate engineer is eligible to register as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Kenya.   The process can be daunting. Previously, it has been deemed nearly impossible to achieve. However lately, there are various opportunities to obtain mentorship that further supports candidates in preparation of reports required for registration. We shall discuss these mentorship opportunities later.   There are two main bodies that govern the registration process in Kenya, EBK and IEK.   What is the difference between EBK and IEK?   Engineers Board of Kenya ( EBK )  The Engineers Board of Kenya is a statutory body established by the Engineers Act 2011. The Board is responsible for registration of engineers and firms, regulation of engineering professional services, setting of standards, development and general practice of engineering in Kenya

Opportunity and investment potential for electric vehicles in Kenya

The global electric vehicles market is rapidly growing with over 80% of sales in all vehicle segments by 2050 are expected to be electric. Electric two-wheelers have the highest degree of electrification today in African and Asian markets. Increased sales in electric vehicles will be driven by favorable regulations and policy, improved unit economics including cost per unit of EV sold and the development of technology that is contextually viable for each region.   Kenya has announced intentions to eliminate imports of all second-hand cars by 2026 and therein lies an opportunity to invest in and support the influx of electric vehicles. Two- and three-wheelers are the most feasible for EV adoption in Kenya due to the increased convenience, availability and road structure in the region. Kenya is currently a hotbed for innovators and entrepreneurs within the electric mobility space with most companies requiring support to scale -up. Electric vehicles being assembled in Kenya include motorb

Recommendations to high level stakeholders at COP-26

I nclusion of women and youth in climate change mitigation and a just energy transition can be maximized ultimately by implementing the following recommendations:   1.       Integration of women and youth in Grid connection, off-grid and renewable energy projects -         Opportunities in the energy sector can be used to better integrate women and youth within off-grid energy companies’ operations as well as the general supply chain.  -         Throughout the world, a growing number of companies are leveraging this business opportunity by designing, producing, selling, and distributing off-grid energy technologies – which span solar lights, solar home systems, mini-grids, and clean cooking solutions (including fuels and cookstoves). Companies in the off-grid energy sector have much to gain through taking a purposeful gender and diversity lens throughout their operations and supply chains.   2.       Affordable and inclusive Business models -         Innovative technologies geared towa