KenGen to establish research lab to boost innovation

KenGen will establish a research lab to boost innovation and diversify their business, in a move set to ensure the power generating company is more productive.

Speaking at the 6th edition of the company’s 2018 Good-to-Great (G2G) Global innovation Seminar, CEO Rebecca Miano said the research lab will help add value to the ideas received from employees as well as identify ways to improve power generation capacity.

“To drive this agenda, we have launched Communities of Practice and Innovation (COPI) across all the business areas to provide avenues for employees to present their ideas. These COPI forums ensure the idea funnel is fed every quarter from every area of the business, with peers giving feedback and enabling ownership of the ideas. This event is a culmination of these forums, with presentations this week seeking your input and final stamp of approval,” she said.

KenGen which produces more than 70 percent of the power consumed in the country intends to enhance efficiencies and increase productivity as it seeks to roll out power generation projects worth sh1 trillion over the next decade.

Mrs. Rebecca Miano, noted that innovation was critical as the company sought to boost energy production, adding that the organization had deliberately created avenues through which employees could continuously share novel ideas that could help the firm attain its strategic objectives.

KenGen currently produces 1,631MW of power from various sources which include hydro power generation, geothermal energy and thermal energy. The firm is now turning to hitherto unexplored energy sources that include wind and solar energy to both complement the other sources and provide clean and reliable energy to the country.

KenGen Board Chairman, Mr. Joshua Choge said the company was focussing on clean and renewable energy: “KenGen is on course to developing an additional 720MW by 2020, ensuring the current suppressed demand improves. By improving the ratio of renewable and sustainable power in the country through diversification, we ensure the provision of affordable power and minimize our carbon footprint so that we can bequeath our sons and daughters a healthy planet.”

The G2G Innovation seminar, which was first held in the year 2012, brings together 500 KenGen employees and local and international stakeholders to deliberate and discuss innovative ideas through which the organization can enhance its value proposition and service offering as it continues to execute its mandate and core objectives.

It is through these seminars that the concept of a geothermal spa was conceived. Other concepts that have been hatched through the seminars include the establishment of a KenGen industrial park whose development plans are at advanced stage.


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