My research is about how you design sustainable energy services for rural off-grid communities.
My research is about how you design sustainable energy services for rural off-grid communities. There are 1.1 billion people in the world without access to electricity. Electricity access can help alleviate poverty and provide improved quality of life. In order to enable developing countries to follow a fossil-fuel path in development, unlike the developed world, there is a need for affordable and sustainable energy access solutions. The project that I work with has co-designed solar nano-grids with community members in two villages in Kenya. The system, powered by solar PV, provides lighting and mobile phone charging in homes, and crucially has enough energy and power to power income-generating services such a maize milling and incubation of chicken eggs. The usage of the system is being monitored and my research is now about the analysis of this data, so we can improve the system and understand more about electricity demand in rural, off-grid communities in Kenya.
Lincoln has been a fantastic college to be part of due to its supportive and social MCR community, which makes it a great platform from which to do a DPhil.