The energy systems for developing regions session included the below presentations.

You can download a PDF of the combined energy systems for developing regions presentations.

This session was also recorded and can be found embedded below or on our youtube channel.


Which energy storage technology provides the strongest business case for backup power in the developed and developing world?

Student: Claire Burtin
Supervisor(s): Dr Zeynep Kurban (Department of Earth Science & Engineering), Professor Nigel Brandon (Department of Earth Science & Engineering)
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The need for backup power is expected to increase both in the developing and developed world, driven by an increase in demand for reliable power in the industrial and domestic sectors. Although fuel cells can be used for backup power applications, the market shares and opportunities for this technology are not well-identified. This project considers different cases for backup power demand and scenarios for supply using different technologies and aims to determine if fuel cells provide a stronger business case under any of the scenarios considered (e.g. power-cut duration, location, social acceptance, financial incentives). This study is conducted in the form of a business case analysis for fuel cells in Ghana, Brazil and Japan: representative countries with different needs for backup power in Africa, Latin America and developed world, respectively.

How has conflict risk been considered in the development of Jordan's sustainable energy programmes?

Student: Charlotte D'Arcy
Supervisor(s): Dr Kaveh Madani (Centre for Environmental Policy), Sarah Noyé (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), Dr Mirabelle Muuls (Imperial College Business School)
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Low carbon technology programmes in the global south are a method of supporting development while mitigating for global emissions. Their implementation, however, typically forms risk, particularly for countries facing complex political economies and social issues, such as Jordan. This research aims to understand the methods used by the implementers of such programmes in Jordan, to assess their socio-political and conflict risks in order to avoid negatively impacting surrounding communities. Employing a combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis, including primary empirical research, this project aims to highlight any gaps in the risk planning, and offer new insights for conflict risk mitigation.

Application of multi-criteria models to determine optimal renewable energy systems in Bolivian rural and unelectrified communities

Student: Simon Meunier
Supervisor(s): Dr Judith A. Cherni (Centre for Environmental Policy)
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17% of the world’s population currently lacks access to electricity, notably in rural areas. Bolivia is facing this issue and the Bolivian government has setup an important rural electrification plan. However, the government are experiencing difficulties in designing optimal off-grid electricity systems for unelectrified villages. The optimal electricity system must take into account not only economic aspects but also social and environmental aspects which requires advanced modelling. The project aims to compare the different models that can be used to design off-grid electricity systems for unelectrified communities and to identify the most suitable model in the case of Bolivia.

Business model for decentralised power generation in rural Indonesia

Student: Nursita Pramono
Supervisor(s): Dr Judith A. Cherni (Centre for Environmental Policy)
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The fundamental problems in the Indonesian electricity sector are inequality of supply, low electrification ratio and reliability problems. One of the ways the Government are currently addressing these problems is by encouraging private company participation in the energy sector to boost electricity availability development, especially in rural area. Since decentralised power generation along with renewable energy application is commonly used to tackle similar issues in developing countries, involving private companies in employing this technology could be a viable solution. In this thesis, the business model for decentralized power generation focusing in a rural area is proposed. This model combines an intensive approach of technical as well as social-economic analysis. Semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in the electricity sector are also conducted to make the business model more supportive and reliable. To enable its practical uptake in the real world, the proposed business model is carried out through a case study in Towuti, a rural village in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The potential of renewable energy deployment in the UK dairy sector

Student: Artemis Pountoureli
Supervisor(s): Dr Jacqueline Edge (Energy Futures Lab), Dr Johannes Spinneken (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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The dissemination of renewable energy, especially in energy-intensive sectors with stable demand patterns, is of great significance not only to their economic resilience but also to the accomplishment of a low-carbon and sustainable future. This thesis focuses its research on the UK agricultural sector, more specifically on the dairy industry, and explores the extent to which its decarbonisation can be achieved by implementing farm-scale renewable energy installations. To this end, the demand profile of case study farms in different UK dairy regions is examined and the specification of the optimal technology mix is proposed in line with the farms’ assets and needs.

Energy efficiency and synergies with agribusiness: an economics and policy approach

Student: Dimitrios Vardouniotis
Supervisor(s): Dr Jacqueline Edge (Energy Futures Lab), Dr Johannes Spinneken (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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A significant scope for improving energy efficiency in agriculture by exploiting local resources has been identified in the literature. This research explores the most suitable technologies that can enhance such synergies in the current policy context. This project aims to suggest a sustainable policy scheme that incentivises farmers to diversify their business by including renewables in their farms. Consequently, this study focuses on developing a model to quantify the feasibility of incentives and on performing a case study to assess the business plan of such an agribusiness.