As researchers and policy makers seek to build resilient and sustainable energy services into their responses to humanitarian crisis and forced displacement, this project addressed the following research questions:
- How do refugees and IDPs use energy and what are their energy needs and aspirations?
- Based on a baseline survey of energy practice, how can displaced populations be provided with energy (for cooking, lighting and power) in a sustainable manner to enable increases in health, well-being and productivity?
- How can wireless sensor networks monitoring and user-driven control of energy systems be used to understand and promote/support user preferences and patterns for energy use?
- How can intelligent energy supply and demand systems be integrated with sustainable digital business processes to promote energy efficiency, social cohesion and economic growth in refugee communities?
Design for Displacement (D4D) Workshops
Energy for End Users (E4E) Workshops
Following the installation of the micro-grid in Kigeme refugee camp in Southern Rwanda, the HEED team returned to the camp on the 28th of November 2019 to host a workshop to hear from the community on the current and potential use of the micro-grid and to showcase the user interface designs.
With support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the HEED project is involved in delivering a series of summer schools aimed at MSc and PhD students, early career lecturers and researchers that have a background in engineering, computer sciences and social sciences in Nepal and Rwanda. Led by researchers based at Coventry University, UK the summer school provides an opportunity for participants to develop their research skills, present and receive feedback on their own projects and form networks with other researchers in their field.