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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

A New Approach to Energy for Development Seminar

30 May 2013
Southampton University Highfield Campus Building 67 Room 1027 Refreshments will be served from 17:30 onwards No admittance after 18:00

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Sheila Strickland at .

Event details

To date it is estimated that around 1.5 billion people around the world have no access to reliable electricity. The provision of electricity is vitally important for development, alleviation of poverty and for fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In many developing countries, the upfront cost of connecting rural villages to the nearest electrical distribution network is, and will remain, prohibitively expensive. A reliable electrical supply is vital for development in key areas including health, education and small businesses and wellbeing. This talk will address intervention strategies for the provision of energy for development. It will build on a first phase of a multidisciplinary programme funded by Research Council.

For UK and the UK’s Department of International Development, promoting a community based approach for the provision of electricity and water services in rural Kenya.

The project Replication of Rural Decentralised Off-Grid Electricity Generation through Technology and Business Innovation termed “Energy for Development” has been progressing according to its phases and has implemented a min-grid technology intervention within Kitonyoni, a rural village in Kenya, about 90 miles from Nairobi.  The project is community based, providing direct electricity supply to around 40 businesses as well charging for lighting for around 3000 inhabitants. The lecture will review the concept of Energy for Development and report on the status of project in Kenya and the future replication programme.

For further information visit: To register your place, please e-mail: Sheila Stickland –

Speaker information

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj,Head of Energy & Climate Change Division

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