Innovation and Renewable Electrification in Kenya (IREK)


Start date: 31 December, 2014 End date: 31 December, 2020 Project type: Research collaboration projects in Danida priority countries (Window 1) Project code: 14-09AAU Countries: Kenya Thematic areas: Climate change, Energy, Lead institution: Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark Aalborg University (AAU), Department of Business and Management, Denmark Partner institutions: Moi University (MU), Kenya African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya Project website: go to website (the site might be inactive) Project coordinator: Rasmus Lema Total grant: 9,966,333 DKK

Project summary

As the global climate change regime moves ahead towards 2020, there will be increasing investments related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in poor countries. Ensuring that the most adequate technologies are selected and that they are diffused and used in such a way that the outcome is better living conditions for the population is a major challenge.
This project studies two specific low-carbon technologies solar photovoltaic and wind power and it takes as its starting point the role international sources of knowledge can play for Kenya. It will explore whether or not actors originating from China have the potential to provide particularly relevant low carbon technologies that bring benefits to the poor in Africa as compared to actors from Denmark and Germany. As the next step it will study what kind of public policies, institutional settings and participatory organizational forms are necessary to realize such a potential and thereby contribute to fulfilling the sustainable energy for all imperative. The project will combine quantitative analysis including use of survey data with qualitative analysis and case studies. Interactive learning with policy makers and other stakeholders is an integral part of the project design.


Midterm report:

Progress has been made regarding publishing of working papers, articles and the joint book project for which a contract has been signed with Routledge (See Annex 2c). All three PhD students are nearing completion. Emerging research results: 1) The IREK policy analysis and stakeholder survey showed limited attention to REand in particular to capability development. 2) Our disaggregated approach to the analysis of solar and wind in Kenya has proven useful. 3) Chinese produced small solar PV systems hold a considerable part of the market in Kenya and SSA, but Chinese large scale projects are few 4) Increased attention to Local Contents and capability building in the Energy Bill (now enacted as the Energy Act 2019) may be partically related to IREK presentation to the Kenya Energy Parliamentary Committee (Outcomes 1 and 2). Outcomes 3 and 4 are being adressed on a continuous basis through the various project interactions and outputs.

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