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Environment/Energy (Low carbon society/energy)

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  • SDGs7
  • SDGs9
  • SDGs13
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) japan Prof.
(Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University) researchmap
Republic of Kenya Prof.
Bernard W. IKUA
(Deputy Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT))
Research Institutions in Japan Kyusyu University / West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Research Institutions in Kenya Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) /University of Nairobi (UoN) / Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. (KenGen) / Geothermal Development Company Ltd. (GDC)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2019
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Kenya
General Description of the Research Project

Solving issues to achieve optimum development of the Great Rift Valley’s unique geothermal systems
Kenya is in the process of switching its main source of power from hydropower, which is unstable due to frequent droughts, to geothermal power, which has high power generation potential and enables stable supply. This project aims to resolve issues at every stage, from planning through to actual energy use, and promote sustainable geothermal energy use in Kenya and surrounding nations through the utilization of hybrid exploration geophysics, development of models of geothermal systems unique to the Great Rift Valley, and establishment of methods of dealing with scaling in order to improve the operational efficiency of power plants, as well as by proposing scenarios for improving acceptance of geothermal heat use by society.

Contributing to achieving SDGs by utilizing geothermal heat, a stable, renewable energy source
The outcome of this project is expected to contribute to achieving the Kenyan government’s goal of increasing the capacity of geothermal power generation facilities to 5,000MW by 2030 as well as contribute to the government’s Kenya Vision 2030 economic development plan to turn Kenya into an industrial nation. Kenya’s renewable energy based power generation makeup will also contribute to global environmental conservation.

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Olkaria II geothermal power plant, the target field of this project


A heated swimming pool near Olkaria II geothermal power plant. The project proposes scenarios for utilization of heat, as well as for power generation.


Geothermal well drilling rig in the Menengai area, which includes geothermal fields in this project

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