CREEC is an abbreviation for Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation located at the College of Engineering, Design, Arts and Technology (CEDAT) in Makerere University..
CREEC is a center that does research, training and consultancy in energy and energy management for purposes of knowledge transfer and capacity building to enhance access to modern types of energy.
CREEC focuses on four areas in energy that include: Bioenergy, Solar PV, Pico-hydro and Energy management.
CREEC has enhanced access to modern energy and expanded energy solutions country-wide through its various training courses, which seek to address the lack of specialised skills in the Ugandan energy sector. Courses include training on:
- Stand-alone solar home systems;
- Solar testing processes, including performance measures, equipment and test protocols or guidelines.
- Cookstove testing processes, including testing methods, data analysis and reporting of performance parameters, equipment and best practices.
- The fundamentals of cookstove design, including combustion and heat transfer, cookstove types, site visits and project prototypes.
- Energy management, including monitoring and targeting, energy auditing, solution development, and regulations and standards.
- Pico/Micro hydro power design and installation, covering design considerations as they apply to both low and high head pico/micro-hydro systems;
- Biomass gasification, addressing biomass in developed energy markets. sustainable biomass, the importance of moisture content and the identification of feedstock and technology type.
- Energy efficiency, equipping participants with all the essential knowledge and skills they need to save energy, reduce operational costs and carbon emissions, comply with legislation and meet their organization’s environmental goals.
CREEC also offers consultancy services for implementing modern energy solutions according to the slogan: producing more KW and less paper.
We don’t import, sell or install any energy related equipment in any of the above areas of focus like what the private sector does.
Due to limited capacity and small demand CREEC doesn’t offer any services in the areas of solar thermal, wind energy, geothermal and fossil fuel technologies, yet.
Yes, CREEC is a joint unit to CEDAT, Makerere University as a center that was founded in 2001. At that time it was a project under the Dean and later grew into an independent centre. In 2010, CREEC was registered as a company limited by guarantee without share capital which is the ideal legal identity for a not-for-profit-organization.
This means that CREEC is independent but it is in close cooperation with CEDAT, Makerere University. We have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the college and this has enabled us to work together on different projects like the President’s Initiative where it offers knowledge to students through industrial training to students, guest lectures, seminars and other research facilities. CEDAT also offers CREEC utilities, funds and working space .This enables the mutual relationship between the two.
Projects in renewable energy are diverse therefore CREEC assesses the site according to demand, available fuel, needed application and possibility to control, manage and run the technology by the local staff. Once the factors demand, fuel, application, technology and human facto are known and are given, then the energy solution can be up-scaled.