Welcome to the Energy for Development Network
The Energy for Development Network aims to enable a step-change in collaborative research and project development addressing the energy needs of rural communities in developing countries. The work is being lead and coordinated by the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton.
Sustainable rural electrification
Reliable and affordable sources of energy are fundamental not only for wellbeing, but also for economic growth and poverty reduction. Fulfilling the energy needs of developing countries without compromising the environment is a challenge, requiring imaginative policies and methods. Many rural communities do not have access to the national electricity network or the associated benefits in health and quality of life provided by electrical services such as lighting and refrigeration. The installation of modular energy technologies that can be operated independently provides a solution for these areas.
We argue that to implement sustainable rural electrification, three important components are required:
People: Engagement of the local community in determining their needs, aspirations and goals. A thorough assessment of the social, economic and cultural context of the community is essential to identify the most appropriate system.
Product: Selection of technologies that are best suited for the local situation, based not only on the resources available but identification of the wants and needs of the community.
Process: The introduction of energy systems must be accompanied by the development of business processes to allow sustainable replication, deliver social benefits and generate wealth for the community.
The Energy for Development Network aims to combine these three key components to develop appropriate, replicable models for energy systems that recognize the socio-economic and financial, as well as technical aspects of supplying energy.
Most Recent News
|September 2013: Community Progress within the First Year Operation of the Solar Rural Electrification Project in Kenya
This month, the E4D team celebrates the first year of operation of the Kitonyoni project which has undoubtedly transformed the trading centre, the lives of the villagers and has provided the research team a full year of data to appraise system performance, energy demand and relate to overall project replication. The project is now a beacon in Africa having many local and international visitors such as from Japan, Germany, UK, Zambia, the World Bank and other funding agencies. Read more about the first year of the project.
July 2013: Prof Bahaj gives Lecture on Energy for Development at the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
June 2013: Two new villages set for electrification
May 2013: E4D lecture by Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj
February 2013: Power consumption exceeds 1MWh
December 2012: Power consumption in Kitonyoni
September 2012: Successful installation of the Kitonyoni solar power plant