Off-grid 82 – Lets Not Settle for Off-grid Solar Because Its Good Enough for the Energy Poor

Thursday May 19th, 2016 - Smart Villages

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The European Development Days are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. For their 2016 meeting, the Smart Villages Initiative and EASAC will co-host a debate entitled: “Will energy access alone end poverty?” (June 15, 2016) . For more information about this interactive, inclusive, and engaging session, please visit the event page here.

Our Bangalore Forward Look Workshop, due to take place in July, aims to look at the state of current research on minigrid technologies with a focus on control and storage, which will have an effect on the future market (particularly the Indian market) in the next 5-10 years. We are providing opportunities for Indian students to present at the event. If you are interested or know someone who might be, you can find the application form here.


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