Energy access is a key element to improving people’s lives, especially in more remote rural communities where mains electricity does not reach, and basic needs are met with difficulty as a result. In these locations there are a number of small-scale renewable energy technologies that can be used. These technologies include; micro-hydro.
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Find our about Practical Action's work on energy at Energy Access.
Total Energy Access is Practical Action's approach to achieving energy for all. It requires understanding who has access to energy across households, businesses and in the community, and how that energy is used.
This can only happen if it is measured properly and at the right scale. Billions of people use energy from off-grid sources, so measuring grid electricity access is not the answer.
Practical Action is calling for governments, donors, civil society and the private sector to adopt Total Energy Access as the approach to defining and delivering energy to the billions of poor people who need it. Find out more at Total Energy Access.
For more on energy issues see our Interactive Renewable Energy Toolkit sponsored by Oxfam and Christian Aid.
For more information on energy delivery approaches see our Energy Delivery Modle Toolkit
For more information on energy in South Asia see our sister site e-net South Asia Electronic Forum on Energy
Strengthening Production Chains with Renewable Energy in Peru and Bolivia, Soluciones Prácticas, 2013
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Utilising Electricity Access for Poverty Reduction
Practical Action Consulting, with the Institute of Development Studies and the Energy and Resources Institute of India, have completed a DfID-funded research project into the links between electricity access, productive uses of electricity, and poverty reduction. In particular, the study sought to explore relationships between different levels of electricity access and impacts and to map out the enabling factors and constraints to the provision, take up and productive use of electricity access. The research concentrated on two case study countries - India and Kenya - where the findings of a programme of field research were analysed in the context of a supporting review of policy and regulation and a consultation of stakeholders involved in electricity access provision. A literature review generated insight into the findings of previous studies regarding productive uses of electricity and poverty impacts, and was used to inform the design of the case study research.
Inventory of innovative indoor air pollution technologies in Nepal
This report can be used by the readers to facilitate their decision making on appropriate choice of technology suitable for their own use of for further dissemination.
Energy poverty: the hidden crisis
This briefing paper looks at the existing barriers to energy access and the sustainable solutions that could overcome them.
Moving Energy Initiative.
Practical Action Consulting is working with GVEP, Chatham House, UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council on the Moving Energy Initiative (MEI), an innovative project that seeks to meet the energy needs of displaced people in a safe, sustainable manner, developing solutions for heating/cooling, cooking, lighting, electrification and water and sanitation.
A Handbook of Small-scale Energy Technologies
Edited By Neil Noble
To mark the UN Year of Energy in 2012, Practical Action is publishing some of its Technical Briefs for the benefit of energy development practitioners around the world. Practical Answers 1 is the first in a new series of handbooks that provide guides on a variety of subjects for international development workers.
GDEE – Global Dimensions in Engineering Education
The Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE) is an initiative that aims to increase the awareness, critical understanding and attitudinal values of undergraduate and postgraduate students in technical universities related to Sustainable Human Development (SHD) and its relationship with technology.
Improved Cookstoves Assessment
Author: Mike Clifford, The University of Newcastle
Development of a Model to Design Wind-Photovoltaic Stand-alone Electrification Projects in Isolated Communities
Author: Dr. Bruno Domenech, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Energypedia is a wiki about renewable energies in the context of development cooperation. Articles on energypedia will be updated continuously with your contribution.
IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. Off-grid renewable energy systems: status and methodological Issues.MercyCorps are one of the relatively few other organisations who are trying to apply a market systems approach in their energy work. Here’s a nice write-up of their experiences In Timor-Leste.
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