Lunch Seminar: Reviving the Rural Electrification Idea Lab

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 5:00am - 6:00am

Lunch Seminar: Reviving the Rural Electrification Idea Lab. Mary Louise Gifford is a Master student of the Energy and Resources Group and a PhD candidate at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University, Berlin, Germany and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany.

Wednesday, Noon-1:00 p.m., October 7.
323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
University of California, Berkeley

This is part of the weekly RAEL lunch seminar series

The RAEL meeting this week will be an informal meeting about re-energizing a pre-existing RAEL group called the "UC Berkeley Rural Electrification Idea Lab". Professor Omar Masera and Mary Louise Gifford will lead the discussion. We will briefly discuss our ideas and objectives for this year as well as share recent research we've been working on.

About Berkeley Rural Electrification Idea Lab:

One of the primary goals of the rural electrification project is to work with developing country NGOs, governments, and entrepreneurs to design the technical and management systems needed to facilitate village electrification. The design, testing, and local integration of small-scale, locally built renewable energy systems will be central to this effort. Sustainable local energy services have been demonstrated to play a major role in bringing basic health and educational services to rural, peri-urban, and under-served urban communities, and to play a dominant role in poverty reduction through expanded economic opportunities for the poor. This project has the potential to provide drastically needed technical design and testing services along with implementation support that will improve the potential for locally driven rural electrification in developing countries.

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