School of Engineering and IT

Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries

Energy is an integral and important part of our lives. It is a fundamental need not only for wellbeing, but also for economic growth and poverty reduction. It is a challenge especially for a developing country to fulfil its energy needs without compromising the environment. This requires imaginative policies, process and methods.

Many rural communities in developing countries do not have access to electricity. Providing and increasing access to electricity are major political and social goals in most developing countries. Rural electrification and the provision of low emission technologies in these countries require decision makers to be well informed on the appropriateness, cost and environmental impacts it will have in the future.

We believe that in order to implement sustainable rural energy projects four important components are required:

People: Understanding the needs of the local community, their affordability and availability of the resources in the local area. Allow a bottom up approach to the engagement of the local community in every aspect of the project. An assessment of the social, economic and cultural context of the community is crucial to identify the most appropriate system.

Planet: Introduce the energy system that is environment friendly. Choose the resources that are available in local area. Selection of technologies that are best suited for the local situation should be based not only on the resources available but also on the needs and requirement of the community.

Process: The project must deliver social benefits and generate income for the community. Technology transfer needs to occur so that the local people can design similar projects, without relying on help from external organizations. Local people need to be trained to understand the technology and its working process.

Profit: The project should be self sustaining. The introduction of energy systems must be accompanied by the development of business processes to allow sustainable replication, MUERI’s approach is to combine these key components in its research on Sustainable Energy Development in Developing Countries. The group's interests include rural electrification using Solar PV, Wind, Small hydro, and their impact on society, economy and environment.

Staff working on Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries

Academic staff

Professor Philip Jennings
Dr. Jonathan Whale
Dr. Tania Urmee
Dr. Samuel Gyamfi
Dr. Trevor Pryor
Dr. Martina Calais

Postgraduate Students

Hans-Gerhard Holtorf (PhD) – Solar Home System’s Success Analysis
Ahmad Taufik (PhD) – Investigating the use of Renewable Energy In Transmigration Villages in the Lampung Province of Indonesia
Sari Muni (PhD)- Status of Rural Electrification in the ‘Heart of Borneo’: Role of Micro Hydro Projects
Mohd Shaharin Bin Haji Umar (PhD): Palm Oil Biomass for Electricity Generation In Malaysia
Khishigt Tamir (MSc – Renewable Energy): Identifying and Addressing Drivers and Barriers to Renewable Energy Development in The Rural Electrification of Mongolia
Karma Chopel (MSc – Renewable Energy): A Preliminary Analysis of Wind Data from Bhutan