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Energy

Energy access is a key element to development especially in more remote rural communities where mains electricity does not reach. In these locations there are a number of small-scale renewable energy technologies that can be used. These technologies include; micro-hydro, solar energy, wind as well as more traditional biomass technologies such as biogas, crop waste, biofuels and stoves.

Topics

Biofuel and Biomass

Biofuels and biomass cover a whole range of energy options derived from organic sources such as wood and crops.

Biogas

Biogas, an energy produced from organic material that can be used directly for cooking and lighting or for...

Fuels and Engines

There are many options of fuels that can be used for domestic and commercial use, some of these are highlighted here.

Hydro Power

Hydro power energy, an organic source of energy that provide electricity as the best source for lightning and any...

Mechanical Power

Mechanical power has been used for centuries for agro/food processing, water pumping, irrigation and other...

Solar Energy

Solar energy, an alternative organic sources of direct energy and renewable fuel sources that can be used as ...

Stoves and Ovens

Improved stove can help reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality and people’s health.

Wind Power

Wind power is a best source of organic energy in isolated areas where other alternative sources of electricity are...

General Resources

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Batteries

  • fact sheet
  • English

An Introduction to battery types and their use.

Published by Appropriate Technology Journal on 09/02/94

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Energy for Rural Communities

  • fact sheet
  • English

Nearly a third of the world's population have no access to grid electricity. Households can use renewable energy to...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 09/02/05

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Energy for Rural Communities - Energia Para Comunidades Rurales

  • fact sheet
  • Spanish

Nearly a third of the worlds population have no access to grid electricity. Households can use renewable energy to...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 10/22/12

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Evaporative Cooling

  • fact sheet
  • English

Keeping produce fresh with refrigeration methods that require no external power.

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 08/05/03

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Evaporative Cooling - Refrigeración por Evaporación

  • fact sheet
  • Spanish

Manteniendo la frescura de los alimentos con métodos de refrigeración que no requieren fuente de energía externa.

Translated by Appropriate Technology, Published by Practical Action on 01/18/10

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Evaporative Cooling - The Ceramic Refrigerator

  • technical drawing
  • English

The ceramic refrigerator uses evaporative cooling to keep food fresh without a power source.

Kamal Khalifa, Published by Practical Action Sudan on 01/02/08

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Grid Connection

  • fact sheet
  • English

The potential for grid connection and its alternatives for providing electricity in rural areas are look at in this...

Alison Doig, Published by Practical Action on 11/02/07

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Grid Connection - Conexión A La Red Eléctrica

  • fact sheet
  • Spanish

Este documento analiza el potencial de conexión a la red y las alternativas para el suministro de electricidad en...

Alison Doig, Published by Practical Action on 03/26/13

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L'Eclairge en Milieu Rural

  • fact sheet
  • French

L’éclairage est considéré comme acquis dans les pays industrialisés. Il est dur pour beaucoup de personnes...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 11/21/11

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L'energie pour les Communautes Rurales

  • fact sheet
  • French

Quasiment un tiers de la population mondiale n'est reliée à aucun réseau électrique. Les foyers peuvent utiliser les...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 09/02/11

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Micro Grids

  • fact sheet
  • English

The use of micro-grids has a long history, micro-grids were used to provide electricity to small towns right from...

Teo Sanchez, Published by Practical Action on 06/11/14

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Recycling Used Lead Acid Batteries

  • fact sheet
  • English

Batteries are used whenever electrical energy is needed and are common around the world but can be harmful to the...

Sophie van den Berg, Published by Practical Action on 05/02/09

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Refrigeration in Developing Countries

  • fact sheet
  • English

In vast areas of developing countries that are without reliable electricity supply alternative methods for...

Ray Holland, Published by Practical Action on 03/02/10

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Refroidissement par Evaporation

  • fact sheet
  • French

Conserver des produits au frais grâce à des méthode de réfrigération ne nécessitant aucune alimentation électrique...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/12

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Renewable energy in Sri Lanka

  • video
  • English

This video shows how a people centered approach to technology is helping combat poverty in South Asia.

Published by Practical Action South Asia on 04/09/14

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Renewable Energy to Reduce Poverty in Africa

  • fact sheet
  • English

A toolkit for planning decentralised renewable energy projects.

Corbyn, D. et al, Published by Christian Aid & Practical Action Consultants on 02/02/10

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Renewable Energy: Climate Change and Carbon Funding

  • fact sheet
  • English

A look into climate change and the displacement of carbon.

Alison Doig, Published by Practical Action on 04/02/07

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Rural Lighting

  • fact sheet
  • English

Lighting is taken for granted in industrial countries. It is hard for many people to imagine living at night without...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 10/02/10

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Rural Lighting - Alumbrado Rural

  • fact sheet
  • Spanish

Lighting is taken for granted in industrial countries. It is hard for many people to imagine living at night without...

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 01/24/12

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More on energy from Practical Action

For more on energy issues see our Interactive Renewable Energy Toolkit sponsored by Oxfam and Christian Aid.

For more information on energy delivery approaches see our Energy Delivery Modle Toolkit

For more infromation on energy in South Asia see our sister site http://www.sa-energy.net/

From Soluciones Prácticas

Strengthening Production Chains with Renewable Energy in Peru and Bolivia ,Soluciones Prácticas, 2013

Publications

From Practical Action Publishing

A Handbook of Small-scale Energy Technologies
Edited By Neil Noble
To mark the UN Year of Energy in 2012, Practical Action is publishing some of its Technical Briefs for the benefit of energy development practitioners around the world. Practical Answers 1 is the first in a new series of handbooks that provide guides on a variety of subjects for international development workers.

Other information profiders

EnergyPedia
Energypedia is a wiki about renewable energies in the context of development cooperation. Articles on energypedia will be updated continuously with your contribution.

Energy Policy Documents

Africa – left in the dark?
Four-page version of the full Energising Poverty Reduction for Africa report.

Inventory of innovative indoor air pollution technologies in Nepal
This report can be used by the readers to facilitate their decision making on appropriate choice of technology suitable for their own use of for further dissemination.

Energy poverty: the hidden crisis
This briefing paper looks at the existing barriers to energy access and the sustainable solutions that could overcome them.

Biofuels for transport

Massive and unregulated large-scale production of biofuels would be potentially destructive for the environment, a threat to food security, and will affect sustainable development and the livelihoods of the poor.

Bright Ideas! Local action for global impact on energy and climate change

Agenda for activist training workshop

Climate change and Energy Poverty in Africa

Climate change and the challenge of energy poverty

Climate change mitigation and the ending of energy poverty are not incompatible goals. Governments have the duty to ensure that the poor are able to fulfil their basic needs, including those dependent on energy. At the same time developing countries need support to develop in a carbon neutral and sustainable manner.

Energy access and climate change

The importance of energy access for the poor and its impact on emissions.

Energy and MDGs training toolkit - section b - chapter 4.4 - localised - Zimbabwe - energy and climate change

The toolkits were produced with funding from the European Union, Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). The contents are the sole responsibility of Practical Action Southern Africa and the Southern Centre for Energy and Environment (SCEE), and can under no cir

Financing adaptation

This briefing provides an overview of the alternatives for financing climate change adaptation. It reviews current estimates of the costs of adaptation and the funding mechanisms that exist under the UNFCCC before examining alternative funding strategies.

Low Carbon Africa

This report demonstrates the potential Africa has to achieve the win goals of tackling poverty and the threat of climate change by pursuing a low-carbon development pathway. The report argues that it is possible to lift Africa out of energy poverty without increasing Greenhouse Gases emissions.

Poor people's energy outlook 2014

The 2014 edition of the PPEO looks back at three years of analysis and innovative approaches to defining energy access and addressing energy poverty as presented in previous PPEOs, to re-emphasise the key enabling role that energy plays in lifting people out of poverty, and the logic of and necessity to focus on efforts to boost the nascent decentralized energy sector rather than allowing the already well-established and well-funded conventional, grid-focused energy sector to continue to dominate efforts to expand energy access.

Perspectives énergétiques des populations pauvres 2014

L’édition 2014 de Perspectives énergétiques des populations pauvres (PEPP 2014) revient sur les trois années d'analyses et d'approches innovantes pour définir l’accès à l’énergie et s’adresser à la problématique de la pauvreté énergétique, présentées dans les éditions précédentes. Elle réaffirme l'importance jouée par l'énergie pour faire sortir les personnes de la pauvreté et la nécessité de se concentrer sur les efforts visant à stimuler le secteur naissant de l'énergie décentralisée, plutôt que de permettre au secteur d’énergie classique- déjà bien établi et bien financé, et focalisé sur l’électricité en réseau- de continuer à dominer les efforts visant à élargir l'accès de l'énergie.

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