Development is often linked with access to plentiful, reliable energy sources. On the macro level abundant energy resources and robust infrastructure encourages foreign investment and growth in industry and exports; whereas on a more local level it facilitates growth in local economies and improves the quality of life for citizens.
The developed world has become used to readily available affordable energy, however the reality for many in the developing world is far different. 1.6 billion people do not have access to electricity and fuel poverty is the norm rather than the exception.
Energy impacts upon all aspects of life. Mechanised transport is ultimately driven by a primary energy source, homes are heated and lit, water pumped and dinners cooked. Access to energy is an enabler for many developmental goals. The application of appropriate, replenishable and environmentally sound energy sources and technologies should be a pillar of long term poverty alleviation strategies.
“Energy is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development -- social, economic, and environmental -- including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, population levels, education, and gender-related issues. None of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be met without major improvement in the quality and quantity of energy services in developing countries.” United Nations Development Program.
There is incredible energy inequality, 80% of the worlds primary energy resources are consumed by 20% of the population. The environmental consequences of our addiction to energy intensive industry and unsustainable energy sources are likely to be severe and felt most poignantly by the worlds poorest. Clearly, this irresponsible approach to energy use cannot be replicated in the developing world where sustainability as well as security of energy supply must be pursued.
Energy and energy technologies are often imported and primary resources often exploited by international concerns, leading to a net cashflow out of a developing nation’s economy and dependence upon foreign investment and expertise. Energy self sufficiency should be an aspiration and technologies, even if not readily obtainable within a country, should be appropriate to the needs of the people and supportable with local knowledge and expertise.
Simple solutions can bring significant benefits.
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- ACTED: A volunteer's blog documenting his development and rehabilitation of an island's rural road network placement in Indonesia in 2009
- SIBAT: A volunteer's blog documenting his renewable energy placement in the Philippines in 2007
- LIRE: A volunteer's casestudy documenting his rural energy and water placement in Laos in 2008
- DevTech: Chris Cleaver's blog documenting his water project in Sierra Leone in 2009
- ARTI: A volunteer's casestudy documenting his rural energy from biogas production placement in India in 2008
- ARTI: A volunteer's blog documenting his rural energy from biogas production placement in India in 2009
- SELCO: A volunteer's blog documenting his improved cooking stoves placement in India in 2009
- Also, take a look at our collection of photos and videos from placements on picasaweb.google.com/100637455804104215921 and www.youtube.com/user/EWBUK
- Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Generators for Pico-Hydro Power - Dave Howey
- Solar Powered Well Pump Mechanical System Design - Cai Williams
- Smokeless Stoves - EWB Sheffield
- The state of power in a Maoist state: Nepal's electrical scenario - George Holland (EWB-UK research conference 2009 presentation)
- Implementation of a Micro Hydro Power Scheme in Sioma, Zambia - Hans Petter Bjornavold (EWB-UK research conference 2009 paper)
- Breeding a Better Stove: the Use of Genetic Algorithms and ComputationalFluid Dynamics to Improve Stove Design - Hugh Burnham-Slipper (EWB Research Conference 2009 presentation)
- Experimental study of the combustion characteristics of low-density biomass briquettes - Joel Chaney (EWB-UK research conference 2009 paper)
- Feasibility Study for School Renewable Energy Supply - Mary Mwogeza
- Dissemination of Improved Cooking Stove Technology in Nepal - Nigel Vaz
- Low-Cost Structures for Microhydroelectric Power Schemes - Sakthy Selvakumaran (EWB-UK research conference 2009 paper)
- From user involvement to user initiative: the role of priority identification in fascilitating sustianability in renewable energy projects - Temilade Agbaje (EWB-UK research conference 2009 presentation)
- Developing the Next Generation of Solar Lantern - Tabrez ME Daya
- Smokeless Stoves - Engineers Without Borders Sheffield
- Hand Operated Biogas Compressor & Appendix - Michael Andrea
- These and many other research papers can be found on our Scribd account at: www.scribd.com/EWBUK , and especially on our Energy dedicated collection at: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4198932/Energy
- Increasing Access to Cooking Stoves in Nepal - Nigel Vaz
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Other interesting links
- International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
- Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (GTKP)
- DFID transport links
- World transport policy and practice
- Planning rural roads
- Successful organisations in the developing world
- Practical Action Energy
- DFID-UK Energy
- CAT Centre and Zero Carbon Britain Report
- SciDev Net - Climate change and energy
- Appropedia - Solar
- Solar power reading materials
- International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
- V3 (a small organisation run and founded by a former EWB-UK Placement volunteer and trustee)
- Hugh Piggott wind turbine design
- Appropedia - Wind
- European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
- Swan turbine
- Pico-hydro resource
- Appropedia - Hydro
- Journey to Forever
- Biodiesel Community
- Appropedia - Biofuels
- Boiling Point - an energy publication with strong emphasis on stoves
- Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG)
- Appropedia - Cook Stoves
- Practical Action's Practical Answers - Stoves and Ovens
- Solar Cooking Archive
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