Showcasing German Energy Efficient Technology in Kenyan Industry

Andrew Onyango

Kaeser Compressors has come in first against four other finalists in a competition dubbed, Showcasing of Excellence on German Energy Efficient Technology in Kenyan Industry. Kaeser, represented by Kenya Managing Director Daniel Paul, emerged top against stiff competition from A.Eberle, ACUNIS, BASF Africa and MAN Diesel & Turbo.

Kaeser’s winning project was the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 system installed at the KAPA Oil Refineries, which centralizes the compressed air system through a master controller, reduces the number of compressors which need to be operational simultaneously and is estimated to save KAPA KES10 Million per year.

Kaeser’s project was up against A.Eberle’s Low Voltage Regulation system at Maisha Flour Mills in Nyeri, which reduces electricity supply costs by 8-12% while decreasing maintenance costs. In addition, BASF Africa’s locally manufactured concrete admixtures competed. With their application, the amount of concrete and water used in largescale construction can be reduced by 20%. Another competitor, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s steam turbine at Thika Power plant, converts excess heat into electricity resulting in an additional 6.8 megawatts capacity without increasing emissions. Finally, ACUNIS’s commissioning of a cargo terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a turnkey project with energy efficiency measures taken into account at all steps of the project, including a solar roof.

The competition was implemented by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) in Kenya on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The finalists and winner were selected by a joint jury including the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the Kenya Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Association of Energy Professionals in Eastern Africa (AEPEA) and the AHK team.


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