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Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies

Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation

  • Introduces a series of innovative concepts in the fields of DC microgrid development, energy and ICT, microfinancing and value chain analysis

  • Presents real-world case studies illustrating best practices in energy access programs from around the globe

  • Provides useful policy recommendations to assist policymakers in drawing up plans for better energy supply services

  • Pursues a multidisciplinary approach including contributions from engineering, economics and the social sciences

  • Includes supplementary material:

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

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Table of contents (25 papers)

  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. Swarm Electrification: Investigating a Paradigm Shift Through the Building of Microgrids Bottom-up

      • Sebastian Groh, Daniel Philipp, Brian Edlefsen Lasch, Hannes Kirchhoff
      Pages 3-22
    3. Experience from First Solar Mini Grid Service in Bangladesh

      • Hasna J. Khan, Asma J. Huque, Kaysar Ahmed Sagor, Tanvir Ahmed, Rashedul Alam, M. Riazul Hamid
      Pages 43-52
    4. Prospects for Electricity Access in Rural India Using Solar Photovoltaic Based Mini-Grid Systems

      • Leena Chandran-Wadia, Shruti Mahajan Deorah, Sameer Nair, Anshuman Lath
      Pages 53-64
    5. The Case for Solar-Diesel Hybrid Minigrids in Bangladesh: Design Considerations

      • Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury, Shakila Aziz, Sebastian Groh
      Pages 65-78
    6. The Energy Centre Model: An Approach to Village Scale Energy Supply

      • Charles Muchunku, Kirsten Ulsrud
      Pages 89-96
    7. Lessons from the Edge

      • Peter Newell, David Kerner, Scott Thomas
      Pages 97-105
  3. Innovations in Value Chains and Financing Schemes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 107-107
    2. Value Chain Thinking and Energy Projects—A Problem-Centered Value Chain Approach to Energy Based Upgrading of Rice Farmers in the Philippines

      • Henrik Beermann, Utz Dornberger, Ben Sebitosi, Sebastian Groh, Jonas van der Straeten
      Pages 109-122
    3. Advanced Solar-Irrigation Scheduling for Sustainable Rural Development: A Case of India

      • Hari Dilip Kumar, N. Tejas Kumar, K. R. Suresh, H. Mitavachan, Ganesh Shankar
      Pages 123-131
    4. Innovative Energy Access for Remote Areas: “The LUAV-Light up a Village” Project

      • Izael P. Da Silva, Eliza Hogan, Benard Kalyango, Anne Kayiwa, Geoffrey Ronoh, Clint A. Ouma
      Pages 167-175

About this book

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
  • climate change impacts

Editors and Affiliations

  • ZTG Sekr. HBS1, Technische Universität Berlin Microenergy Systems Research Group, Berlin, Germany

    Sebastian Groh, Jonas Straeten, Brian Edlefsen Lasch

  • University of California Berkeley Rural Energy Group, Berkeley, USA

    Dimitry Gershenson

  • Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Science, Hamburg, Germany

    Walter Leal Filho

  • Class of 135 Distinguished, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

    Daniel M. Kammen

About the editors

Sebastian Groh lives and works in Bangladesh as the director of the companies ME SOLshare Ltd. and ME Fosera Ltd. aiming at energy poverty through latest innovation in rural electrification. Sebastian is further pursuing his PhD on the role of energy in development processes. Having turned his back on the trading floor, he has been working for the past five year as a consultant to MicroEnergy International across the world at the intersection of energy service provision and microfinance.

Jonas van der Straeten is a PhD student in the Research Group Microenergy Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin, which looks into access to modern energy in the global South from a multidisciplinary and user-focused perspective. His current research focuses on the history of the power sector in East Africa. In parallel Jonas works for MicroEnergy International. He has project experience in South East Asia, Central Asia and East Africa.

Brian Edlefsen Lasch is a practicing Solar Engineer based in Berlin, Germany. With the EPC company ib vogt GmbH, he designs and builds photovoltaic farms worldwide. As a Consultant with MicroEnergy International, he advised and implemented rural energy initiatives, including microfinance enabled projects in Mexico, Peru, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines. He holds degrees in Solar Technology from Technische Universität Berlin and Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

Dimitry Gershenson is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on energy access finance, investment in emerging markets and business model innovation for decentralized power in East Africa. Dimitry also works as a Renewable Energy and International Development Specialist for Ecoshift Consulting and supports the efforts of the Berkeley Rural Energy Group as an Advisor.

Walter Leal Filho is senior professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and holds the Chair of Environment and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Prof. Leal Filho has wide international experience on energy efficiency and renewable energy, having undertaken a set of projects in Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and South Pacific. He holds a number of doctorates for his work on environment and sustainability issues and has in excess of 300 publications to his credit.

Dr. Daniel Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies

  • Book Subtitle: Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation

  • Editors: Sebastian Groh, Jonas Straeten, Brian Edlefsen Lasch, Dimitry Gershenson, Walter Leal Filho, Daniel M. Kammen

  • Series Title: Springer Proceedings in Energy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Energy, Energy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-15963-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-38652-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-15964-5

  • Series ISSN: 2352-2534

  • Series E-ISSN: 2352-2542

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 294

  • Number of Illustrations: 59 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Renewable Energy, Climate Sciences, Environmental Economics, Sustainability, Development Economics, Financial Economics

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-15964-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)