About the RES programme
For the development of the Kenyan market, EcoPhi was selected to take part in the RES programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The Renewable Energy Solutions Programme is implemented within the framework of the German Energy Solutions Initiative. Renewable energies play a very important role in the expansion of energy supply in rural regions worldwide – also in Kenya. They are a driver for sustainable economic development there. However, a particular challenge with remote plants is that they are prone to faults and frequently stand still. By digitizing the plants, they can be operated more sustainably and their service life increased. The first projects in Kenya have already been put into operation.
German Energy Agency (dena)
dena is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the Agency for Applied Energy Transition we contribute to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives. We develop solutions and put them into practice, both nationally and internationally. In order to achieve this, we bring together partners from politics and industry across all sectors – with an enthusiasm for one of the most exciting challenges of our time. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group. www.dena.de/en
German Energy Solutions Initiative
The transfer of energy expertise, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the German Energy Solutions Initiative, which is coordinated and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The initiative offers networking and business opportunities in Germany and abroad, it showcases reference projects and facilitates capacity building. www.german-energy-solutions.de
Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (RES Programme)
With the RES Programme, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – helps German renewable energy companies enter new markets. The installation of climate-friendly energy technology projects in attractive target markets is accompanied by comprehensive information dissemination, marketing and training programmes. These flagship projects, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action within the German Energy Solutions Initiative, aim to showcase high-quality German renewable energy technology and help participating companies gain a foothold in new markets. http://www.german-energy-solutions.de/en/res
Kenya - Focus market
“Kenya is strategically a very interesting market for EcoPhi. Both the on-grid market and the off-grid market are developing very quickly and dynamically,” says Zenz. In the short term, the country serves primarily as a sales market for EcoPhi products. In the long term, Kenya can establish itself as a hub for activities on the continent and especially in East Africa.
By participating in the programme, EcoPhi aims to establish itself even further on the Kenyan market and expand its local activities. In doing so, the company is relying heavily on cooperation with Kenyan partners and companies in the fields of solar energy, water supply and agriculture. As part of the market development, the company will conduct sales and product training to strengthen local partners. In May, EcoPhi will showcase its products and services at the Solar Africa Expo.
Selected partners and customers in Kenya
Selected projects in Kenya
EcoPhi - Lean Energy Boiler Monitoring
Together with our partner Lean Energy Solutions, EcoPhi has developed a boiler monitoring system for biomass boilers. The structured digital transformation of the boiler monitoring system replaces manual recording of data. This process is now automated, saving labor expense and reducing costly errors.
C&I solar monitoring - Nairobi
EcoPhi is monitoring a C&I solar system in Nairobi. Large plants for industrial and commercial purposes with the objective of reducing electricity costs through less grid power require stable monitoring. Weaknesses in performance due to failing strings or other factors have an immediate negative economic impact through higher costs. Without monitoring systems, however, such cases are not detected at all or only very late. Special circumstances such as feed-in restrictions or prioritization are taken into account by our monitoring and control solutions.
Pump monitoring - Southern Kenya
EcoPhi is monitoring several pumping systems together with Knights Energy. Water systems, especially for drinking water applications, are supply-critical systems. Thus, failures and power losses have a major impact. To prevent high losses, a monitoring and control system that can reliably monitor not only the input side (e.g. solar, generator) but also the distribution infrastructure (e.g. leaks, water level, etc.) is particularly important.