Tag Archives: sustainable development

It is not a village but people: Long Lamai, a case study of a smart village

Thursday September 15th, 2016 - Tariq Zaman, University of Malaysia Sarawak

Long Lamai is a Penan village in upper Baram, northern Sarawak, of Malaysian Borneo. Travelling to the settlement from the nearest town Miri takes eight hours on rough logging roads and an hour of hiking through the dense rainforest. Alternately, it is reachable by flying from Miri to Long Banga by an hour’s flight via… […]

Off-grid 95 – Are the messages getting through?

Tuesday August 30th, 2016 - Smart Villages

  View this email in a browser               Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Sometimes you wonder if politicians and the public realise the enormity of the renewable energy revolution.This week I have… […]

Smart Villages Podcast 1 – Cambridge graduates pursue smart villages projects – Interview with Dr Nalin Patel

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

In Smart Villages Podcast 1, host Sir Brian Heap interviews Dr Nalin Patel, Programme Manager of the Winton Porgramme for the Physics of Sustainabililty at the world famous Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Dr Patel tells about the experimental research they are currently conducting on batteries and superconductors. He also explains the links… […]

Transforming rural communities through mini-grids

Thursday May 5th, 2016 - AbuBakr Bahaj

Access to energy, especially for rural communities, represents a central pillar of development. For the more than a billion people in the world without reliable access, the provision of electricity will have a huge impact on their livelihoods as it is crucial for human well-being and development. Without a reliable energy supply it is difficult… […]

More applied research, news needed on off-grid ‘smart villages’

Monday June 22nd, 2015 - Smart Villages

Ed- How can science and research help bridge the gap in energy access for some 1.3 billion people living in off-grid communities worldwide? Anna gives her report after attending the Smart Villages Seoul Media Workshop. A potential solution lies in mapping on-ground activities of prototype ‘smart villages’ that use off-grid electrification solutions to deliver energy,… […]

Tracking the growth of off-gid renewables

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 - Smart Villages

Off-grid renewable energy systems are expanding rapidly on the ground to service the needs of more than one billion people worldwide who lack access to electricity. Change is driven by declining costs and increasing performance for small hydro installations, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind turbines, as well improved technologies for electricity storage and control. However,… […]

Past the pilot stage for off-grid energy

Tuesday March 31st, 2015 - Meredith Thomas

We are poised on the brink of a unique moment the history of electricity supply where decentralised networks are set to rapidly expand, fulfilling the needs of the worlds poor. This is the bold conclusion from a group of researchers based at Berkeley, lead by Dr. Dan Kammen. Their recent perspective piece, published in Nature… […]

Attending the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Thursday February 19th, 2015 - Smart Villages

Following our second international workshop in Kuching, four members of the Smart Villages Initiative – Bernie Jones, John Holmes, Kristin Shine, and Terry van Gevelt – attended the 15th annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS). Hosted by our partner organization, The Energy and Resources institute (TERI), the DSDS brought together key players from academia, the… […]

Smart Villages joined by TWCF

Thursday October 9th, 2014 - Smart Villages

Three years of complementary funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) has just been confirmed by Smart Villages. The funding will help Smart Villages continue to explore technical, entrepreneurial and policy solutions for providing sustainable energy for development in off-grid rural communities. The project will now travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America to talk to… […]