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The Geothermal Association of Kenya (GAK) is a professional, scientific and educational organization. It was registered in Kenya by the Registrar of Societies, on the 23rd of April 2010, to encourage, facilitate and promote coordination of activities related to local and worldwide research, development, and application of geothermal resources. It is a non-political, non-governmental and non-profit organization.
What is Geothermal Energy?
The word geothermal comes from the Greek words “geo” and “therme” which have the meaning: “earth” and “heat” respectively. More about geothermal energy: [Media Centre]
Geothermal Energy in Kenya
- Kenya leads in Geothermal Power Production in Africa.
- Kenya is ranked 8th globally, after USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, New Zealand, Mexico, and Italy.
- High-temperature geothermal energy prospects in Kenya occur along the Rift Valley setting.
- The current developed capacity stands at about 860 MWe.
- Kenya has a potential of about 10,000 MWe.
- Kenya’s Vision 2030 Target for Geothermal Energy: 5530 MWe
- The Olkaria Geothermal Field is so far, producing the most geothermal power.
- The Menengai & Bogoria – Silali Geothermal Field are under development.
- Kenya has several other geothermal fields namely:
- Apart from electricity generation, geothermal energy can be used in other different ways [Direct Uses]:
- Geothermally heated greenhouses: flower farming, tomato farming, etc.
- Geothermal spa and swimming pool,
- Pyrethrum drying,
- Fish farming,
- Milk Pasteurization
- Laundry and many more.