Calendar » Electric Cooking | A Transformative Opportunity?
Globally, 2.8 billion people still cook with biomass, resulting in interlinked health, environmental and drudgery challenges. The uptake of improved biomass cookstoves has barely kept up with population growth, yet SDG7 hopes for universal access to modern energy by 2030. The dramatic falls in the price of solar PV and lithium ion batteries coupled with the increasing price of charcoal is opening the door to a potentially transformative opportunity to redirect existing household expenditure on solid fuel into repayments on a modern energy system for cooking, with co-benefits for the wider low carbon energy sector.
To this end, Loughborough University and the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network have been piloting the “eCook” concept in Zambia, Tanzania and Myanmar since 2013. Activities have included market analyses, and generation of data on how people cook through ‘cooking diaries’ from over 60 households.
The presentation will provide insights from these various studies, and also introduce a new five-year program of work, Modern Energy Cooking Services, funded by UK Aid which is bringing together UK researchers with colleagues from ESMAP and the Clean Cooking Alliance.
Ms. Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee | Practice Manager, Africa Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank
Prof. Ed Brown, National Co-Coordinator, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Professor of Global Energy Challenges, Loughborough University
Dr Simon Batchelor | Director of Gamos and Research Fellow, Loughborough University
Ms. Dana Rysankova | Global Lead Energy Access, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank
Ms. Yabei Zhang | Sr. Energy Specialist, ESMAP, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank
Professor Ed Brown is Chair of Global Energy Challenges at Loughborough University in the UK. Ed is a geographer (PhD, Edinburgh University) with nearly thirty years of research experience in international development, his interests lie in the fields of energy access and low carbon energy transitions, questions of transparency and corruption and financial globalization and the financial needs of the poor. He has led a range of major UK-government funded energy projects over recent years, is Co-Coordinator of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) and is Principal Investigator (PI) on the new multi-million UKAid-funded Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) program.
Dr Simon Batchelor is director of Gamos, a Research Fellow at Loughborough University and UK University Research Coordinator for the new DFID-funded MECS programme. Simon has over 30 years of experience in the development sector. Having lived in Kenya in his early career, his PhD was on wind energy, and his work supported the creation of Kijito Windpumps in Kenya. In 2000 his firms work on Mobile Telephony documented the possibility for the development of mobile money in Africa, and he personally championed for its creation. Since 2012 he has sought to draw on his successful experiences in the mobile money sector to target transformations in the renewable energy sector as co-investigator on a number of EPSRC/DFID projects and as Champion of the concept of ecook .