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With funding from the Government of Japan and in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Government of Kenya and the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched “Strengthening Capacity for Operation and Maintenance through Technology Internet of Things (IoT) for Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant in Kenya”.

The IoT project is fully aligned with the National Development Program of the Republic of Kenya as outlined in Kenya Vision 2030, as well as with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and especially SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy, as well as SDG 9 on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Overall, the IoT project aims to install and demonstrate the effectiveness of IoT technology at the Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant, combined with awareness raising and technical trainings. The project will further centralize, store and analyze operational data in a data center equipped with dedicated servers and collection and transmission systems.

“The data collected and stored by the IoT system will help us make informed decisions about the maintenance we need to do,” said Eng. Harrison Keter, KenGen’s Acting Chief of Operations. “It will also help us project the needs we need in the near future.”

Despite​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​unpredictable​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​front. In addition, building on the assets already provided by the project, JICA will provide advanced capacity building programs to further improve operations and maintenance (MT) at the power plant.

“We are pleased to have been able to help KenGen make significant progress toward sustainability by providing a digital transformation solution for integrated remote performance management,” said Koji Nakaoka, vice president and head of Yokogawa’s Energy & Sustainability and Global Sales, IoT. solution provider. “The solution not only optimizes maintenance and increases the efficiency of power generation, but also ensures a stable energy supply.”

The experience and knowledge gained from the IoT project will inform other power plants, as well as the wider industrial sector – at home and abroad – about the opportunities that innovative technologies open up to address efficiency and productivity constraints.

The adoption of IoT technology is rapidly spreading across industrial sectors as these innovations enable the digital connection of devices, information sharing and process control, leading to various benefits including increased efficiency and productivity, as well as reduced O&M costs.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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