DFID PISCES Energy Research Consortium

PISCESPISCES Energy Research Programme Consortium

Dates: 2007-2012
Location: Tanzania, Kenya, India and Sri Lanka
Client: DFID

Today, 2.5 billion of the world's poorest people rely on bioenergy, in the form of firewood or charcoal, for basic energy services everyday. PISCES is developing the new knowledge that can help turn this reliance into control over a sustainable energy future.

Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES) is a five year initiative funded by the U.K's Department for International Development (DFID). PISCES is working in partnership in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania to provide policy makers with information and approaches that they can apply to unlock the potential of bioenergy to improve energy access and livelihoods in poor communities.

The purpose of PISCES is to develop new knowledge and policies promoting energy access and livelihoods through bioenergy. This new knowledge will also contribute to global debate on whether and how humanity should find more of our energy from bioenergy sources, and how that pathway might affect the poor and the environment.

More information and materials about PISCES are available at the project website www.pisces.or.ke, a brochure on the project is available here, and articles and news coverage of the programme can be found at the following links: Biopact, Boiling Point, Africa Science News.

Practical Action Consulting is leading the Research Theme on Access and Delivery, with a focus in Kenya and Sri Lanka. This work involves development and use of socio-economic and market system development tools to determine viable models, incentives and regulations which can create and sustain improved Bioenergy access and rural livelihoods. PISCES visualizes the chain between Bioenergy resources and end use services and livelihoods as being a Bioenergy Pathway illustrated below, where each resource and technology step has its own characteristics in terms of accessibility, costs, benefits, by-products, policy issues and impacts. New and improved knowledge on Bioenergy Pathways will govern the success and sustainability of policy on Bioenergy in developing countries, and around the world.

Bioenergy pathways

Below are a range of studies, tools and resources produced by Practical Action Consulting under the PISCES project so far. These will be updated on an ongoing basis here and on the main PISCES website linked above. Comments and feedback on these are warmly welcomed to steven.hunt@practicalaction.org.uk

Pisces Energy Delivery Models Tool

This Tool was developed to stimulate discussion and reflection on the various levels and options for Delivery Models for Rural Energy Access including, but not exclusively, through Bioenergy. This highlights incompatibilities and semi-compatibilities for various types of energy types, uses and delivery systems. It is a Beta Version to be used in the coming months as a consulation tool and views and inputs on it are welcome to steven.hunt@practicalaction.org.uk.

Move the mouse over boxes to view descriptions of energy delivery model types and options. Click boxes to select viable routes from top to bottom and explore compatible options, clashes and non-ideal matches indicated in traffic light colours. Click the reset button to clear the diagram and click the existing Delivery Models to view a range of example models.

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