Approximately 1.2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity (IEA). The benefits of universal access to modern energy services would be transformational, providing lighting for schools, functioning health clinics, pumps for water and sanitation , cleaner indoor air, faster-food processing and more income-generating opportunities (UNDP).
One of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals states that by 2030 we will have ”ensured access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” (Goal 7) an ambitious target within which engineering must play a central role.
However, engineering capacity is not evenly distributed throughout the world so at Engineers Without Borders UK we work together with qualified and experienced UK engineers and partner organisations to enhance the engineering capacity of renewable energy projects.
We do this by delivering appropriate, context driven solutions for communities in need by supporting projects that deliver local skills training and infrastructure alongside the research and development of innovative technologies.
Through the provision of skilled engineers from the UK we help charities and enterprises develop scalable engineering solutions such as affordable renewable energy in off-grid communities, social enterprise modelling for local power generation and the design and manufacture of clean cookstoves.