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DVC’s Energy Research paper recognized in ICE 2013 Publishing Awards

A team comprising of Strathmore University’s DVC Academic Affairs Prof. Izael Da Silva, Thomas  Buchholz  from  University of Vermont, USA and  John Furtado from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, has had it’s research paper recognized by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Publishing 2013 Awards in the Energy category.

The Research paper titled, ‘Power from wood gasifiers in Uganda: a 250 kW and 10 kW case study’  proposes that wood gasification systems have the potential to contribute to rural electrification in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper presents an operational and economic analysis of two wood-based gasification systems (250 kW and 10 kW) installed in Uganda in 2007. Both systems proved their potential to compete economically with diesel-generated electricity when operating close to the rated capacity. At an output of 150 kW running for approximately 12 h/day and 8 kW running for approximately 8 h/day, the systems produced electricity at US$0·18 and 0·34/kWh, respectively. A stable electricity demand close to the rated capacity proved to be a challenge for both systems. Fuel wood costs accounted for approximately US$0·03 kWh for both systems. Recovery of even a small fraction of the excess heat (22%) already resulted in substantial profitability gains for the 250 kW system. Results indicate that replicating successful wood gasification systems stipulates the integration of sustainable fuelwood supply and viable business models.

Profile of Prof. Izael. Da Silva
He is the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs in Strathmore University, as well as the Director of Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC). He is an electrical engineer with a MSc and PhD in Power Systems working in Africa for the last 16 year on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He is a Certified Energy Manager since 2006. His research interests include, renewable sources of energy, efficient use of energy, energy auditing, energy policy for rural electrification and development, GIS- Global Information System for Applied Energy, as well as Business Models for RET dissemination. His teaching interests include Electromagnetism, Renewable sources of Energy, Energy Conversion, Ethics among others.