Sun Farming, 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.
The Memorandum will see students trained in photo-voltaic systems among other engineering disciplines. Students are set to benefit from scholarship opportunities and the staff will benefit from technology transfer.
Speaking during the courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, noted that the University management will offer its full support 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. Through its Solar Academy, the College also trains solar technologists. So far, over 350 people have been trained. The next level of training will help the technologists connect the generated solar power to the national grid.
The solar academy has received support from countries like Sweden, Netherlands among others.
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.