HIT ventures into Transformer Manufacturing

Jan 15, 2019
Posted by Patrick Haddad

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) has become the first local institution to produce a working transformer certified for field roll-outs by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority.

Zimbabwe has struggled to procure transformers in recent years due to ongoing foreign currency shortages, resulting in a slow electrification process.

Dr Talon Garikayi, Director of HIT’s Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization Centre said the project started with researches and hypothetical tests five years ago which later intensified into full practical development leading to the production of a final working prototype of the electricity transformers.

“We are now supplying to various sectors and commercial users at a very good scale. The electricity transformers have been certified by the local authorities for industrial deployment and we look forward to make a massive contribution in developing Zimbabwe’s energy industry” added Dr. Garikayi.

Many households have endured power blackouts lasting several months when a ZESA electricity transformer develops a malfunction which requires a complete replacement. The situation has been exacerbated by ZESA’s reliability on importing the electricity components from South Africa and other countries.

Zimbabwe’s power supply problems were made even worse in recent years by the increasing cases of vandalism and theft of critical electricity transmission components which made it difficult for the authorities to keep the national power supply grid working at full capacity.

The innovation of transformers by HIT’s Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization Center will undoubtedly ease the electricity supply situation and reduce the country’s import bill as the economy continues to experience constant foreign currency deficiencies.


Source: 263 Chat

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Transformer / Victoria Catterson / Flickr / CC BY 2.0


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