Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Solutions for Full Electrification of Kenya

Webinar: Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Solutions for Full Electrification of Kenya

Hosted by IEEE Standards Association


Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Solutions for Full Electrification of Kenya

Facing challenges of rapid expansion and demand, Kenya’s grid poses a unique challenge in that more than half of its energy generation comes from non-traditional energy sources such as hydro and geothermal, which account for 60 percent. In order to meet an aggressive goal of achieving universal access by 2020, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) will be a large player in the growing Kenya market. As such, conformance to IEEE 1547™ will be a key component in ensuring a robust and efficient infrastructure for what will become a new age of electrification for Kenya. Presentations will provide participants with a firm understanding of the IEEE 1547™ standard and how its application can help successfully facilitate Kenya's Power Grid goals of the near future.


Expert Speakers

Babak Enayati Babak Enayati, PhD, PE
Lead R&D Engineer, National Grid

Lead R&D Engineer, National Grid, received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. He joined IEEE in 2006 and currently is Senior Member, IEEE and the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board Member-At-Large. Babak is the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and IEEE 1547™, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems. Babak is also the Chair of IEEE PES Distributed Resources Integration working group. Babak is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Massachusetts.

Da Silva Prof. Da Silva, B.Sc. (Eng), MSc., PhD.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Strathmore University

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, holds a PhD in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation at Strathmore University, Kenya. He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) - (Atlanta, USA). In recent years, he has been developing a strong interest in the interrelations between Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development and Demand Side Management. In line with this interest in 2012, he was one of the founders and the Director of the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), from 2012 to April 2017. The Centre aims at training, conducting research and providing consultancy services in energy related topics, promoting sustainable development and cooperation among countries. He has written quite extensively in the field of energy.

Prof. Da Silva is the President and founding member of Association of Energy Professional East Africa (AEPEA), and a registered member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), Africa Europe Energy Partnership (AEEP), African Renewable Energy Technology Platform (AFRETEP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).