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Energy-efficient technologies for the bottom of the pyramid 

The LCT project held their annual project meeting in London on 22nd and 23rd February 2016.  The meeting discussed the results of a survey conducted with over 700 respondents in Kenya using choice modelling methodology.  The survey provided details of what technological, financial and practical parameters were deemed important for users with regards a range of energy efficient technologies for use in healthcare facilities, farms and households in Kenya. 

On day two of the meeting, several representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development, the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and the Open University attended.  Based on the discussions at the meeting, the project will start stage two of the project.  Stage two comprises prototyping and fieldtesting of various energy efficient technologies with a view to working with companies to develop viable commercialisation plans by the end of 2017.  Throughout these activities allied social science research will continue to understand better the barriers and opportunities for technology brokering and commercialisation of energy efficient technologies in Kenya.

Further details of the project are available at: http://dpp.open.ac.uk/research/projects/low-cost-energy-efficient-products-bottom-pyramid

Details of the survey are available at: https://www.facebook.com/LowCostTechnologies

The project is funded by EPSRC-DFID USES programme (EP/L022311/1) and runs for three years from 2015 to 2017.