United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) have developed a center to cater for the growing need of renewable energy technologies in the transport center. The hub referred to as the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was commissioned on June 18, 2016 at Makerere University in Kampala. The center’s objective is to boost the access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services in the transport industry.
Uganda already takes pride in two brilliant and exciting energy innovations. One is a solar-powered bus unveiled by engineers at Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporations (KMC). Dubbed, Kayoola, the electric bus was built by over 60 staff, 12 engineers and artisans. The is the first in Africa to use two batteries which can be charged using solar panels fitted on the vehicle’s roof.
Additionally in 2014, the Corporation made a debut of its hybrid motor vehicle in Nairobi as its second energy efficient project. The finalized hybrid prototype, known as the Kiira EV-SMACK has the ability to run on fuel or electric energy and relies on two rechargeable battery banks located at the back of the vehicle.
A study by the UN estimates that the world’s electricity needs could be met by harvesting solar power from an 800 kilometer square area in the Sahara desert. The International Energy Agency in a 2014 report also said the sun could be world’s largest source of electricity by 2050 bringing in a radical shift in investments.
Kenya formerly tried to have its assembly and manufacturing plant of cars during Moi’s era. The first car called Nyayo car was the first prototype project revealed in 1986 with an aim of manufacturing locally made cars. The initiative failed to take root into mass productivity due to lack of funds.