Tag Archives: Biomass

Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

Sunday March 26th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Sustainable off-grid energy has many positive benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education, more productive agriculture, etc. But beyond these benefits, it’s also clear that improved security is at… […]

Smart Villages News 119 – Your starter for 2017

Sunday February 5th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, We’ve seen a flurry of reports this week, which, if you have the energy, will give you interesting insights on where the sector is heading: these are not only… […]

Smart Villages News 112 – The news you don’t hear

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, In yet another week dominated by President-elect Trump’s decisions on key political appointments that could affect U.S. and world energy policy, we’ve tried to look deeper for positive stories… […]

Smart Villages News 105 – In praise of solar lanterns

Friday November 11th, 2016 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Solar lighting has eliminated some 20 million kerosene lanterns. The impact on health will be significant: 4.3 million deaths are caused by indoor pollution from kerosene lanterns and stoves…. […]

“Jikokoa”: Scaling up clean cookstoves and providing local jobs

Wednesday October 26th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Boston Nyer BURN General Manager, Kenya Location: Kenya “The next step is to get more sustainable fuels into people’s homes”. “The whole impetus is to save trees,” explains Boston Nyer, BURN’s general manager in Kenya. In East Africa, 60% of deforestation is driven by the need for wood and charcoal for cooking. “Our… […]

Smart Villages News 102 – Killing two birds with one stone

Thursday October 6th, 2016 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, One of the sources for this newsletter are alerts on the SDGs. Until now scanning them has been a rather depressing exercise – plenty of noise and initiatives, but… […]

Smart Villages News 101 – Better punchlines, bigger hitters needed for renewables!

Thursday September 29th, 2016 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Within 24 hours this week, I listened to both the U.S. presidential debate and a BBC radio phone-in on fracking. In the former, it struck me that with jobs and… […]

Is biomass a sustainable energy solution for off-grid villages in developing countries?

Thursday May 19th, 2016 - Brian Heap

Summary Much is said about moving to a biobased economy (BBE) for the production of food, feed, fuels, materials and products1 particularly in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and delivering on the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, published in 2016 and 2015, respectively. The question considered here is whether the better provision of biomass… […]

Cambridge workshop report: New technologies for off-grid villages: a look ahead

Friday February 28th, 2014 - Smart Villages

15 January 2014 The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Cambridge Smart Villages Initiative (SVI) and bring together leading researchers in the UK to discuss the current landscape of energy production, use and efficiency in rural communities in developing countries, as well as scientific developments and technologies that might be influential over the… […]