Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kenya: Menengai Geothermal Project for Electricity Generation and Direct Uses

GDC to go big on direct uses of geothermal energy (The Standard Digital News)

GDC Managing Director and CEO, Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe admires capsicum from the geothermal heated green house at the Menengai Direct Uses pilot project in Nakuru County.
Geothermal Development Company (GDC) will heavily expand its research and innovation on the direct uses of geothermal energy in support of community and national economic sphere, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe has said.

The MD was speaking at the Menengai Geothermal Project on Wednesday when he took a tour of the facility. “We are forging diverse relationships with development partners such as USAID, African Development Bank and ICEIDA among others to leverage on the abundant geothermal resources in the country,” he said.

Geothermal energy is versatile and prolific. Apart from its uses in the generation of electricity, geothermal has other dozens of uses such as in heating greenhouses, milk pasteurisation, laundry, leisure and recreation, among many other uses. In Menengai, GDC is already running a pilot on four projects for heating fish ponds, heating greenhouses, milk pasteurisation and laundry.

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