Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies

Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation

  • Sebastian Groh
  • Jonas van der Straeten
  • Brian Edlefsen Lasch
  • Dimitry Gershenson
  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Daniel M. Kammen
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Energy book series (SPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. New Experiences, Simulations and Visions from the Field of AC and DC Minigrids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sebastian Groh, Daniel Philipp, Brian Edlefsen Lasch, Hannes Kirchhoff
      Pages 3-22
    3. Hasna J. Khan, Asma J. Huque, Kaysar Ahmed Sagor, Tanvir Ahmed, Rashedul Alam, M. Riazul Hamid
      Pages 43-52
    4. Leena Chandran-Wadia, Shruti Mahajan Deorah, Sameer Nair, Anshuman Lath
      Pages 53-64
    5. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury, Shakila Aziz, Sebastian Groh
      Pages 65-78
    6. Charles Muchunku, Kirsten Ulsrud
      Pages 89-96
    7. Peter Newell, David Kerner, Scott Thomas
      Pages 97-105
  3. Innovations in Value Chains and Financing Schemes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Henrik Beermann, Utz Dornberger, Ben Sebitosi, Sebastian Groh, Jonas van der Straeten
      Pages 109-122
    3. Hari Dilip Kumar, N. Tejas Kumar, K. R. Suresh, H. Mitavachan, Ganesh Shankar
      Pages 123-131
    4. Izael P. Da Silva, Eliza Hogan, Benard Kalyango, Anne Kayiwa, Geoffrey Ronoh, Clint A. Ouma
      Pages 167-175
    5. Bruce Nordman, Mattia Bugossi
      Pages 195-205
  4. Implementation and Decision-Making

About these proceedings


The volume presents innovative approaches to improving energy access in underprivileged communities. A core theme is the use of previously underutilized or unrecognized resources that can be found through synergies in supply and value innovation, novel financing methods, and the use of leapfrog technologies. The contributors illustrate how decentralized approaches and small-scale localized solutions can promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, and increase the resiliency of vulnerable communities. This book gathers selected articles from the 2014 Microenergy Systems Conference at UC Berkeley that focus on technical, financial, human, institutional, and natural resource capital. The contributions reflect the latest concepts, theories, methods and techniques, offering a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and governmental institutions engaged in the field of energy access for developing countries.


Climate Change Adaptation Energy Efficiency Mircofinance Poverty Renewable Energy Sustainable Energy Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Groh
    • 1
  • Jonas van der Straeten
    • 2
  • Brian Edlefsen Lasch
    • 3
  • Dimitry Gershenson
    • 4
  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 5
  • Daniel M. Kammen
    • 6
  1. 1.ZTG Sekr. HBS1Technische Universität Berlin Microenergy Systems Research GroupBerlinGermany
  2. 2.ZTG Sekr. HBS1Technische Universität Berlin Microenergy Systems Research GroupBerlinGermany
  3. 3.ZTG Sekr. HBS1Technische Universität Berlin Microenergy Systems Research GroupBerlinGermany
  4. 4.University of California Berkeley Rural Energy GroupBerkeleyUSA
  5. 5.Faculty of Life SciencesHamburg University of Applied ScienceHamburgGermany
  6. 6.Class of 135 DistinguishedUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15963-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15964-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-2534
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-2542
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