Congratulations to the academics from SCAPE, who collaborated with Geography and Electrical Engineering, having secured an EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant of £1.49m (FEC) entitled “Creating Resilient Sustainable Microgrids through Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems”.
Universal access to affordable modern clean energy is goal 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs state that “Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.” However, in sub-Saharan Africa for example, more than 625 million people have no access to modern energy services.
There is a huge gap between energy supply and demand in Africa and other developing countries that successive efforts have failed to bridge. The aim of this project is to develop and experimentally validate micro-grids with hybrid renewable energy systems that enable end-user-driven, resilient and sustainable electrification of rural communities in Tanzania, Uganda and Republic of the Congo.