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Three major new projects have successfully secured funding through DEI funded trip to Nairobi…

(26 March 2013)

Three major new grants have been awarded to Durham Energy Institute researchers through the EPSRC Energy and International Development call.

The three projects are: Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa; Supporting Sub-Saharan Africa's Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET); and ESCoBox

Three major new grants have been awarded to Durham Energy Institute researchers through the EPSRC Energy and International Development call.

Dr Wade stated that “Durham Energy Institute was pivotal in making this happen by funding travel to the workshop and providing coordination support in advance. Durham's prior activity with the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) was also extremely helpful in providing a wider network of contacts and reputation in this area.”

The three projects are:

  • Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa: Chris Dent (Co-I on project and Durham PI) and Neal Wade (Co-I) have been awarded 95k. The project will use power system reliability analysis to look at Green Growth in Africa, there has been limited work of this kind performed to date.
  • Supporting Sub-Saharan Africa's Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET), Simon Marvin (CI) on project led by UCL. The Durham share of the award is £310k. The project seeks to clarify how research and other development assistance can more effectively support sustainable energy transitions in urban areas in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • ESCoBox: Neal Wade Co-I, on project led by De Montford University. This project will address financial and practical barriers to electricity access by enabling local agents to act as small (but expandable) Energy Service Companies (ESCos), by buying power wholesale from larger offgrid generators (e.g. mobile phone mast operators) and selling it to local customers. The ESCoBox is an enabling technology that will allow cross-sector innovation, from novel financing, to social interventions, entrepreneurial ventures and better designed technologies and services. The project was awarded £834k, with £131k awarded to Neal wade and Durham.

The call, which was a collaboration between the RCUK Energy Programme, UK Department for International Development and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), invited expressions of interest from international organisations for research on understanding sustainable energy solutions in developing countries. Successful applicants were invited to take part in a short development workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 12-14 December 2012 to refine the priority research challenges around energy in the context of international development and help facilitate collaborative bids. The successful outlines were then invited to submit full proposals. Dr Neal Wade represented Durham University and the DEI at this workshop and his work successfully led to the three proposals submitted successfully receiving funding. An impressive success rate for Durham of 3 out of 23 full proposals submitted globally.