Our company has embarked on partnerships with the tertiary education sector where we provide students work experience through Castel Malawi’s Management Trainee program. We have also opened our doors to lecturers who will also benefit from 3-6 month industry interaction, gaining experience in the latest technologies in manufacturing. Read More
MEET ESTHER PHIRI
Tell us a bit about what you do
I teach Electrical Power and Machines at the University of Malawi Polytechnic. These are areas in which I do not have hands-on experience, at least not absolutely.
We understand you are part of the Polytechnic program with various industry players. What value to you see this program offering you specifically?
Through this program at Castel Malawi I will have exposure to instrumentation and control - real live examples in a practical industrial setting rather than a laboratory. This experience will provide me with practical examples that I can use with my students.
What are your expectations from the experience at Castel Malawi?
I am on this program for a 3 month period (cumulative). My expectation is I use the real life experience to sharpen my practical skills, which will enhance how I deliver on lectures. I will also be able to get feedback on how the programs at that we offer at the Polytechnic impact industry so that we can if there are any gaps that we need to bridge as educators. I also look forward to contributing to probably the best engineering team.
What excites you about renewable energy?
It is the solution for the future for countries in the developing world including Malawi, which lack sustainable energy sources. Right now we are having energy issues with approximately 10% of the country is connected to the electric grid. For those in rural areas that’s about 1% of people connected to the grid. Renewable Energy Technologies offer exciting prospects for Malawi with sources of energy such as wind, geothermal, water, biogas, solar. For example solar electricity can provide solutions to those people off the grid. Solar electricity can help in health centres, providing light, water, supporting communication and thus enhancing health service provision. When it comes to food security, we can use solar electricity for water-pumping, moving from rain-fed agriculture and cutting out impacts of droughts. Using solar power, we can also have mini-grids providing electricity to people in the rural areas. The possibilities are endless.
Dr. Esther Phiri has a PhD in Renewable Energy attained in 2017 from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. She is a lecturer at Malawi Polytechnic in the Electrical Engineering Department. She has been teaching since 2003. Dr. Esther Phiri, is passionate about solving problems in developing countries, providing energy solutions.