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e4Dev, a student group at MIT interested in Energy for Development, is organizing a four day course on

"Exploring the intersection of energy and human development"
Racing Towards Universal Energy Access:
Why the Next 2 Billion Users Matter (more than you think)
I wonder if they'll use Buckminster Fuller's World Game design criteria, "How can we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?" or one of Bill McDonough's Ecological Design Principles, Use only available solar income.

e4Dev, if they wanted to, might be able to do all or part of the course as a webinar or a MOOC [Massive Open Online Course]. After all, they do have a Ustream channel ( and MIT is part of EdX (

More than 1.5 billion people lack access to basic energy services. This is not inherently problematic as access to energy is not in and of itself a goal of development. Energy access has, however, been identified as a potentially important component in enabling many essential quality of life improvements.

In a four-day series of lectures, case studies, interactive activities, and the development of an energy access project evaluation strategy, students participating in this course will be exposed to the challenges and opportunities in energy access for the developing world with possibility of continuing work on projects into the Spring if they choose.

Led and facilitated by Prof. Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, MIT Energy Initiative Deputy Director Rob Stoner, and a variety of guest speakers, lectures will provide working knowledge of:
The current state of energy access (and what it means to provide access);
The connection between energy access and various aspects of human development work; and
Financing mechanisms and business models for energy projects in the developing world
The course listing is now available on the the IAP 2014 site, and a more detailed description of each day can be found on the MIT Energy Initiative calendar (

Date: Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, January 10
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Building E17, Room 128 (E17-128), 40 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

More information at

previously published at MIT

Online videos of e4Dev lectures:
Technical and Economic Analysis of PV DC Microgrids

Reliable Alternative Energy Options for Access:  Lessons from China's Countryside

Power Africa

Electrifying Rural India with Solar Microgrids:  Adoption and Impact

Water Desalination:  Prospects for Energy and Demand

Prospects for Grid-Connected PV in Kenya

Originally posted to gmoke on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 03:15 PM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks.


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