Themes & Objectives
This event will bring together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access for the purpose of developing new insights on the delivery of affordable energy services in regions with limited access to electricity. The objective of the lab is to identify how delivery of a range of specific energy services can help spur local economic development and social value creation.
We aim to produce a set of working papers that outline follow-up activities which advance off-grid energy innovation to support key end user needs/energy services, including:
1. Business services
4. Electric mobility
5. Education & public health
6. Clean water access
7. Communications & entertainment
8. Heating & cooling
Participants will work collaboratively to identify best practices, barriers to implementation of sustainable energy projects and enterprises, and to scope follow-up activities that will advance knowledge. Participants will form teams, and discuss partnership requirements and potential sources of funding to support research and other follow-up activities.
The lab will also be a place for enjoyable networking, allowing new collaborations to emerge organically between participants.
Wednesday June 19 to Friday June 21, 2019
The Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
- Energy access experts from various academic disciplines
- Micro-grid developers and development institutions involved in electrification projects
- Rural economics and inclusive business development experts
- Individuals with extensive energy sector experience in the Global South
On Wednesday June 19th a public event will be held, featuring innovation lab participants discussing cleantech entrepreneurship in Africa. This event is also a part of the TrueNorth Festival, the largest annual gathering of tech leaders in Canada's technology triangle.