UoN leads the race towards solar energy with Africa’s first Lighting Lab


The University of Nairobi Lighting Laboratory (UoN-LL) is now the first lab to be accredited to test off-grid lighting products in Africa.

Located in the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology in the College of Architecture and Engineering, the lab has met International Organization for Standardization specifications. The certificate was presented to the Vice-Chancellor, UoN, Prof. Peter Mbithi by the Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Accreditation Services (KENAS), Mr. Martin Chesire, on May 15, 2018.

“The lab conducts testing of off-grid solar products/kits under the lighting global quality assurance system. It is the only accredited lab in Africa that performs this testing,” said Prof Michael Gatari, the Director, Quality Assurance. With this accreditation, the testing lab could spearhead Africa’s work towards renewable energy and the implementation of sustainable resources on the continent.

Upon receiving the certificate, Prof. Mbithi congratulated the team on the great achievement. “Over the years, the University has worked to ensure that all laboratory equipment is up to standard and well calibrated,” he said. “Our members of staff are our foot soldiers, who ensure that our standards are met.”

On his part, Mr. Chesire congratulated the University on receiving the certification which he termed as ‘a first’ since he took office as CEO. “KENAS is charged with the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories. We issued over 200 accreditations in the country. Our role is to drive-up standards to meet international standards. We are the ‘checkers’ of ‘checkers’ as we are the second body in the region doing that,” he explained.

Some of the UoN-LL partners include the Lighting Global, International Finance Corporation, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Schatz Energy Research Centre, California.


This article was first posted on the University of Nairobi website.



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