Press release: Solar-powered technology to level the playing field for women and girls in world’s poorest countries

12 October 2020

Women and girls and other disadvantaged groups in developing countries will have better access to clean energy, thanks to new funding from UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.

Today, the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund has awarded 20 organisations, including several from the...

Five Questions: new UN Solar Specifications for classifying and reporting solar resources

23 July 2019
In this “5 quick questions” blog we introduce the new UN specification for classifying and reporting solar resources, which is currently in draft form and open for public comment. We talk to Jeremy Webb, who led the development of the document as Chair of the Solar Energy Sub-Group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ’s Expert Group on Resource Management ...

Feedback needed for project looking at commercial viability of bioenergy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

23 July 2019

The Bioenergy for Sustainable Local Energy Services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme – part of the UK Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme – is targeted at bioenergy entrepreneurs, particularly technology and project developers, as well as investors and policy makers, to examine the commercial viability of bioenergy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The research is designed to lead to the development of practical resources...

LCEDN team welcomes Kaitlyn Law as Summer Research Student

2 July 2019

My name is Kaitlyn Law and I will be a research student with the LCEDN team at Loughborough University for the next 11 weeks. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in Urban Systems Geography and Political Science at McGill University in Canada. Through my studies, I have become especially interested in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation as well as issues around the political economy of energy access. I feel that with the intensifying global climate situation,...

New paper published: 'Two Birds, One Stone—Reframing Cooking Energy Policies in Africa and Asia'

18 June 2019

The latest paper by Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme team members Dr Simon Batchelor, Prof Ed Brown, Dr Nigel Scott and Dr Jon Leary has been published in Energies journal in April 2019, and centres on reframing cooking energy policies in Africa and Asia.

This paper, entitled 'Two Birds, One Stone—Reframing Cooking Energy Policies in Africa and Asia', describes how a new UK Aid programme (April 2019) will be seeking to intentionally change international energy policy...

Bangladesh, Biogas and Clean Cooking – A ‘Direction, Not a Destination’?

26 April 2019
The ugly beauty of simplicity Consider Bangladesh. By 2017 something short of 36% of the population was urbanized [i] , meaning that for the remaining rural 60%, life is hard, brutal and biomass dependent.

As a result, the length and breadth of Bangladesh is pockmarked with uncountable millions of primitive stoves, like the one in the photo. The enemy.

But for all the drudgery involved in collecting firewood...

Transforming Energy Access: Innovations towards SDG7 Event

23 April 2019

Several members of the LCEDN attended this event organised by the Carbon Trust in March.

The one-day event was convened on behalf of DfID and was dedicated to accelerating the transition between clean energy innovations and impact at scale, especially in Africa, through improved alignment of supportive policy and investment.

For an overview see:

South Asia workshop to increase community energy resilience held in Kathmandu.

10 April 2019
South Asia workshop to increase community energy resilience held in Kathmandu.


In February, a South Asia workshop was held in Kathmandu in Nepal as part of the Collaborations for Community Energy Resilience in Low-Income Countries project, a partnership between LCEDN and the Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme (EEG*). Using a whole systems energy research approach, the project brings together social science...

New blog series ~ community participation in designing and implementing off-grid energy systems in Tanzania by Hannah Mottram

27 February 2019

We'd like to introduce a new blog series authored by Hannah Mottram. Hannah is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and her PhD research focuses on working with local communities, civil society organisations and private companies to research minigrids for rural electrification in Tanzania. Hannah's new blog series focuses on community participation in designing and implementing off-grid energy systems in Tanzania, and can be accessed...

Small-scale wind: Experiences from the Wind Empowerment Conference 2018, Chennai, India, by Alfie Alsop

24 January 2019
We are delighted to showcase this blog by Alfie Alsop , which summarises his experiences of participating in the Wind Empowerment Conference 2018, which was held in December 2018 in Chennai, India. Alfie is a PhD research student at the University of Strathclyde, UK, whose research uses Market Assessments as a tool for highlighting where small-scale wind power...