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18th November, 2015

The 2nd African Mini Grid Summit, organised by Magneta, was launched today in Nairobi Kenya, with the aim of sharing experiences in mini grids especially those related to low carbon renewable energy schemes in Africa. The Summit held over the period 18 – 20 November 2015, will be attended by representatives from various African governments, […]


8th June, 2015

‘Development and Mini-Grids in Rural Africa’ was Energy for Development’s (e4D) first dissemination conference successfully held 11 – 12 May 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was well attended with over 110 registrants including academics, project developers, governmental officials, private sector contractors, students, project financiers as well as other stakeholders operating in the field of […]


4th September, 2013

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 […]


21st August, 2013

On Wednesday 17th July 2013, Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group, attended an joint event in Saudi Arabia on; Community of Practice on Poverty Reduction Community of Practice on Infrastructure ISDF Knowledge Initiative for Poverty Reduction Professor Bahaj gave a lecture at the event on ‘A New Approach to Energy for […]


21st May, 2013

Thursday 30 May 2013 Room 1027/Building 67 Highfield Campus Doors open 17.30 Lecture begins 18.00 – no admittance after 18.00 Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 17.30 onwards Speaker: Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj, BSc, PhD, FICE, FRSA Head of Energy & Climate Change Division Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton To date […]


Kitonyoni solar power plant
30th September, 2012

The Energy for Development team has completed its first installation in Kitonyoni in Kenya. The 13.5 kWp photovoltaic plant has the potential of providing social, technical, economic and humanitarian benefits to up to 3000 local people. See here for the press release or follow the link to our Kitonyoni project page with more images and information […]


10th November, 2010

Dr Priti Parikh joins the project as a Research Associate at Imperial College Business School. Her PhD involved interviewing over 700 people in slums of India and townships of South Africa. She is an entrepreneur, starting her own company Development Vision 2o2o specializing in consultancy for development projects. She also features in a graphic novel created to […]


5th October, 2010

University of Southampton Researcher Hildah Essendi, in conjunction with Energy for Development partners AFIDEP, have carried out over 30 hours of focus group discussions and individual interviews with villagers in Kenya. The purpose was to understand the challenges that people face in terms of livelihood, education and health and how these relate to energy. The […]


14th April, 2010

Energy and Environment Professor Gerry George organized a one-day conference held at Imperial College to address social and economic development issues in ‘Energy and Environment.’ The conference featured high profile speakers such as Chief Scientific Officer for the UK Government, Sir John Beddington (pictured opposite with Prof George). Read full article here.


28th December, 2009

Researchers from the Energy for Development consortium were invited to attend the seminar by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. An outline was presented of the different elements of the recently-started “Replication of Rural Decentralised off-grid Electricity Generation through Technology and Business Innovation” project, funded by EPSRC.