1. What does CREEC mean?
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.
2. What services does CREEC offer?
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.
Examples of trainings done at CREEC include guest lectures for students, workshop in gasification at both national and international levels, training for the private sector on manufacturing of a clean and energy efficient cook stove or solar PV installation among others.
CREEC also offers consultancy services for implementing modern energy solutions according to the slogan: producing more KW and less paper.
3. What doesn’t CREEC do?
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.
4. Is CREEC part of Makerere University?
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.
5. How does CREEC start an Implementation Project?
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.