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Kenya opens Geothermal Research and Training Institute

Uhuru Park, Nairobi/ Kenya (source: flickr/DEMOSH, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 18 Nov 2014

Renewable Energy World details that a pioneer geothermal energy research centre has been unveiled at the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology in Kenya.

Recently posted in Renewable Energy World, Maina Waruru provides a very interesting piece showcasing that Africa is stepping up its game in the workforce development area, by “open its first ever-geothermal energy research centre at the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology (DeKUT) in Kenya”.

This is obviously great news, specially for a region that is in dire need for qualified geothermal professionals. It is usually quoted that the region is rich in geothermal resources, yet if one bypasses the traditional financial and exploration hurdles, there is an underlying scarcity of local professionals in the area of geothermal development, and this new center is directly aimed at solving this matter.

It is worthy to mention that exclusive and dedicated geothermal research and training centres are not scarce in Africa but also worldwide; giving Kenya a decisive boost moving forward.

According to Waruru, for the new institute “experts from around the globe will offer knowledge on subjects ranging from resource discovery, utilization, drilling, engineering and plant design to environmental impacts and business principles. A training curriculum has been drawn up in partnership with UNEP and the GDC. In early 2015, GeTRI will offer MSc-level courses and will eventually offer PhD programs in the coming years.”

It will be very interesting to see how this pioneer project in Kenya.

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Source: Renewable Energy World