How Academia and Business come to terms in Freiberg

04.04.18 Activities Energy Desk

After the official inauguration of the Kenyan-German Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM) at Kenya’s Taita Taveta University College in Voi in 2017, the project partners in Germany, Technical Universities of Freiberg and Dresden, have organized a conference to bring academia and private German industry together. The half day conference took place March 12th, 2018, in the historic city center of Freiberg in Saxony. Among the supporting partners was the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya).

After the conference was opened by representatives of both academic institutions, the Saxon Ministry for Environment and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Chemnitz, AHK Kenya’s Head of the Competence Center Energy and Environment provided an input. Andreas Kaiser spoke about the potentials for environmental technologies in Kenya and focused on the Chamber’s activities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, circular economy, water and wastewater. “We are seeing quite a number of exciting projects with German technology and know-how currently being realized in Kenya,” said Andreas Kaiser. “You can feel the appetite for Greentech Made in Germany – rising environmental awareness and regulatory standards contribute to this tendency. To be successful in Kenya, German project developers and technology providers need to be able to adapt their products and thinking to local market requirements – there is no one fits all-approach. Furthermore, the projects we see are often realized together with strong Kenyan partners; some invest in training and capacity building or even consider financial solutions.”

Among the 100 participants of the event were six representatives from the Commonwealth of Kenya’s Coast Regional Counties – Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani – Deputy Governors from the counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta. The days following the event were marked by company visits at selected Greentech companies in Saxony, such as Bitzer and eab New Energy GmbH. With its representative office in Kenya, Bitzer products are already quite known in the Kenyan market. eab New Energy took advantage the visit of the Deputy County Governors to take a closer look at Kenya’s thriving renewable energy market.

CEMEREM takes an active approach joining private industry and academia and have shown how it works already at their initiative in Voi, where also technology from relatively young start-ups are tested.

Pictures credits

-        TU Bergakademie Freiberg ©

-        IHK Chemnitz ©