Kelvin is a holder of Master of Philosophy in Electrical & Electronics Engineering obtained in Glasgow at University of Strathclyde. Currently, he is a Lecturer at University of Malawi teaching Electrical Power. Kelvin’s main research interest is the feasibility of ‘off grid’ community based energy projects and how to identify and promote technically appropriate, economically viable and scalable solutions for sustainable rural ‘off grid’ modern energy supply to support the development needs of Malawi.
Since 2008 Kelvin has been an active member in renewable energy projects promoting improved sustainability of rural solar panel deployments in Malawi by focussing on community engagement and empowerment, local responsibility and income generation. Working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde as a Project Coordinator for Scottish funded projects, he has played a leading role in fulfilling the project’s objectives of deployment of strategic community energy projects focusing on capacity building and technical, social and economic data collection and analysis inorder to provide evidence for projects impact. He has gained valuable insight in many aspects of cooperation and coordination, ownership, and traditional leadership in rural community actions in Malawi with respect to the sustainability of ‘off-grid’ renewable energy installations.
Kelvin interacts with relevant departments of the Government of Malawi institutions of higher learning, private sector and civil society organizations in Malawi as well as international partner organizations and has built up a broad knowledge around existing strategies, stakeholders and projects in the field of renewable energies and on developing ideas and sharing concepts on rural electrification and alternative energies to fit into existing structures in Malawi.