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On February 25th, AE4H in collaboration with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) hosted Power Shift: Rethinking Design for Energy Access, which attracted University of Waterloo engineering and international development students to discuss questions surrounding global energy access, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Through a design session led by guest speakers, Steve Katsaros, CEO and Founder of Nokero Solar, and Iana Aranda, Director of Programs for Engineering for Change, students were introduced to the problems associated with, and emerging solutions for energy poverty within developing countries. Steve and Iana shared their personal experiences, most difficult challenges and lessons learned from working in global development from an engineering perspective. The design session was followed by an interactive discussion that encouraged students to tackle some of the biggest design and implementation challenges currently facing engineers, development practitioners and innovators within the energy access sphere.
To date, countless efforts have been made by NGOs, governments and major aid organizations to address the energy access crisis, particularly in remote and impoverished rural communities. Despite this, there are still over a billion people without any access to electricity in today’s world. To begin thinking of how to design solutions for a global development issue of such magnitude, Professor Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) poses some…
A key primer for the WGSI OpenAccess Energy Summit, to be held in Waterloo in April 2016, is the OpenAccess Energy Brief. Contributions to the brief were made by a number of AE4H experts, many of whom will also be attending the Summit itself. The brief provides an accessible overview of the challenges and opportunities facing electrification efforts in impoverished rural areas.
The OpenAccess Energy Brief aims to provide a review of current global efforts across the electricity access landscape and serve as a foundation from which a team of experts will identify knowledge gaps, question assumptions about solution approaches and then formulate a plan for making meaningful progress in opening up electricity access. It serves as a primer for discussions at the summit meeting, and will be updated and expanded based on the outcomes of the summit in roder to create the…
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