2 hours ساعة
There are 789 million people around the world who live without access to electricity. In addition, 2.8 billion people globally have no access to clean and safe cooking fuels and technologies. On this three-week course, you’ll explore the meaning of energy access and how to overcome its challenges to provide safe and clean energy for communities around the world. Since the launch of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community has been working tirelessly to address the energy access challenge. But this cannot be achieved unless we find ways to inspire and support entire communities to transition to renewable energy. To do this, you’ll identify the right technological solutions and the many sides to renewable energy, including technology, behaviour change, economics, and community dynamics. Examine the use of renewable energy sources The course will help you address energy efficiency and how communities can save both money and energy with the right solutions. Examining different business models, you’ll identify several renewable energy and off-grid community solutions, such as solar PV, wind, hydro, bio-gas, and even bio-electricity. You’ll also analyse a mini-grid case study and look into household energy consumption to understand where savings can be made. Understand the importance of community engagement When addressing energy access, it’s vital to consider the ways this can impact the wider community. You’ll examine case studies and learn innovative techniques to promote community engagement and help you make a change in your community. Finally, you will take part in a peer review of your plans to help your community move closer to a renewable energy future.
What You Will LearnExamine the use of renewable energy sources
Identify several renewable energy and off-grid community solutions, such as solar PV, wind, hydro, bio-gas, and even bio-electricity.
Play a game to analyse a mini-grid case study and look into household energy consumption to understand where savings can be made.
Understand the importance of community engagement when addressing energy access.
Instructors and Team
Dr Eileen Kennedy Eileen Kennedy is a Senior Research Associate in online learning with the Centre for Global Higher Education, and the RELIEF Centre, and is based at the UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education. Her research explores ways of enhancing and supporting the online learning experience and sharing practice in online and blended learning. This has involved developing learning design tools (with Diana Laurillard), creating teacher communities online (e.g. through MOOCs) and researching the experience of learning online. Formerly: taught sociology at various universities for over ten years.
I'm a Research Associate at Loughborough University where I work on humanitarian energy access. My background is in off-grid solar energy in low-middle-income contexts. I hold a PhD in Energy from UCL
Tash is a PhD researcher focussing on new technologies for clean cooking access in East Africa. She has a background in engineering and has worked in a diverse range of sectors.