Sustainable Energy & Technology (Global Energy Access Network Case Studies)
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This is the second volume of energy access case studies compiled by the Global Energy Access Network. The idea to assemble these case studies was conceived during our inaugural year (2016-17), when we noticed that many student members had latent experiences and insights to share from encountering energy access issues in their fieldwork--even those not directly working on energy access projects. This second volume highlights two key points of opportunity for addressing current energy access challenges: modern energy technologies and effective energy policy. The case study by Valerino discusses how the energy yield of photovoltaic cells can be compromised by poor air quality and what this could mean for countries like India that have intentions to increase reliance on solar energy but also suffer from high levels of air pollution. Kumar reflects on how lessons from India can help other developing nations finance renewable energy projects in innovative ways. Klug's case study examines how reliance on traditional biomass fuel has affected a community in Madagascar, and Hunter presents the importance of propagating suitable technologies that are robust and cater to the unique social and cultural needs of diverse communities by highlighting his own experiences on implementing biogas-fueled sanitation systems in the Philippines. By composing a distinct case study compilation that highlights quantitative results and also delves into qualitative takeaways, we hope that this volume is shared broadly so others can benefit from our collective experiences.
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