Wilson Irungu and Abdulrahman Sheikh Ali, the overall winners of the Young Scientists Kenya 2018 award, were yesterday invited to the Institute of Energy Studies and Research at Kenya Power to present their project to a team of engineers.
After impressing the engineers, the students will now get direct industrial mentorship to develop their solution further.
The Kenyan pair from Nakuru High School were two of 160 students who entered 92 projects in the competition, and out of 160 students. They emerged as winners with a revolutionary Internet-based energy monitoring and audit system concept.
Speaking after being crowned winners, Abdulrahman said: “Our system is meant to help consumers keep track of their energy consumption rate so they can plan. Kenyans are losing a lot because there isn’t an efficient method of energy consumption monitoring and control.”
They took home a prize of Ksh100k and the opportunity to go on a fully paid trip to Ireland early next year to participate in the Young Scientists Ireland Science and Technology competition courtesy of the Irish Embassy.