EnDev team co-organised and participated at the Mallorca “s-@access” conference
20 October 2018
Together with 150 practitioners from the field, an EnDev delegation discussed trends and challenges in the rural electrification sector during the 3-day conference in Palma de Mallorca
17-19 October 2018. The “s-@ccess - Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-grids to improve energy access” conference is a multi-stakeholder event that took place with the kind support of the host institution, the University of the Balearic Islands near Palma de Mallorca, Spain and the organising company Trama Techno Ambiental (TTA). The event was co-organised by EnDev, GIZ, REPIC, SNV, Siemens Stiftung and WISE.
Practitioners and academia discussed trends and challenges
During the three-day event, a range of trends and challenges in the rural electrification sector were discussed among the participants, which largely consisted of practitioners and members of the research community. This triggered vibrant discussions including but not exclusive to evidence from past implementation in the field and novel business ideas. One of the main messages of the conference was that we need a stronger integration of the different kinds of solar technologies (lanterns, home systems, mini-grids) as well as a stronger integration of activities in different sectors (energy, health, education, transport, market development) to stimulate rural development. Equally interesting are the rising technological abilities in the modular nano- / micro- and mini-grid technology sphere.
The EnDev team contributed several inputs. Dr. Carsten Hellpap, as co-chair of the conference, delivered a presentation on how to improve productive use of energy in rural settings in addition to the conferences’ introduction and closing remarks. Andreas Michel presented on the methods to measure employment impacts as applied by the EnDev programme. Caspar Priesemann provided an input on the potential areas of application in the field of blockchain.
The next edition of the conference is scheduled to take place again in spring 2020.
You can retrieve more information on the agenda here.
The conference documentation and presentations can be downloaded here.