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Fredrick Ngugi December 20, 2017 at 09:23 am

December 20, 2017 at 09:23 am | Women

Charity Wanjiku

Charity Wanjiku, the founder of Strauss Energy Ltd. Photo credit: YouTube

Charity Wanjiku, Kenya

With many parts of Kenya still not connected to electricity, Charity Wanjiku’s enterprise Strauss Energy Ltd seeks to revolutionize access to sustainable energy through an innovative integration of solar energy production solutions into simple technologies that are readily available in Africa.

Miss Wanjiku has developed a special technology that uses Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) on roofing tiles, windowpanes, pavements, walls, warehouses, roads and stadiums. This technology has proved to be a perfect alternative to the use of solar panels. It comes with energy-generating solar cells fitted into roofing tiles and other building components. BIPV is said to be highly durable and cost-effective. Wanjiku holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Master of Science degree in Project Management with a bias in Construction from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

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