Energy is one of the basic inputs for all economic activities. Per capita energy consumption is one of the major determinants as well as indicator of economic development. Access to modern energy, particularly to electricity, cuts across all sectors in rural development. Today, almost a billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity supply. Although access to electricity is not an end in itself, it is an essential tool to facilitate social and economic activity. Electrification correlates closely with key aspects of sustainable development.

The need for a sustainable energy supply is becoming more important in light of declining fossil energy resources, environmental pollution and climate change. Use of renewable energy resources could meet these needs – both in developed and developing countries. Lack of necessary technology, know how, policy and other socio-economic issues make the promotion of renewable energy technologies in many developing countries difficult.

In order to contribute to the renewable energy promotion in countries, especially the developing countries in tropics and subtropics, a holistic system based approach of renewable energy use that includes all technical, economic, environmental and social aspects has been set as the core focus of our team. While doing so, the interaction with other fields, especially water-energy and energy-food, will be also considered.

OUR RESEARCH FOCUS

  • Rural electrification using renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, hydro, battery storage, etc.) in developing countries
  • Techno-economic assessment (TEA) of energy systems
  • Environmental life cycle assessment (eLCA)
  • New energy systems (derivatives of green hydrogen)

PROJECTS

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RETO-DOSSO

The aim of the RETO-DOSSO research project is to contribute to sustainable livelihoods in the rural areas of Niger by creating essential basics and enabling rural entrepreneurial activities. To achieve this, the researchers use electricity from renewable sources to provide basic needs.
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C-COOK-MALI

A key task in ensuring sustainable development lies in an adequate management in the supply system of resources through sustainable circular economy, ideally at local level. Collaborations to address the local problems and to adapt the technologies to local needs.
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ERA-SOLMAB

Technological waste-to-energy solutions have been developed in all directions and include thermo-chemical and biochemical technologies such as pyrolysis, gasification, incineration or anaerobic diges-tion. Industrial sized waste incineration and biogas plants.
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eREET

Capacity building of individuals, decision-makers, organizations and societal groups is crucial for the realization of the energy and agricultural development goals of Nepal. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can contribute to raise local awareness, creativity, innovation…
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OUR TEAM

RESEARCH  STAFF

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ramchandra Bhandari

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ramchandra Bhandari

Professor

Professor and Project Leader

Mr. Jan Buddeberg

Mr. Jan Buddeberg

Research Associate

Project RETO-DOSSO

Mr. Iván Segura Rodríguez

Mr. Iván Segura Rodríguez

Research Associate

Project C-COOK-MALI (DAAD)

Mr. Hamed Atajafari

Mr. Hamed Atajafari

Research Associate

Projects
C-COOK-MALI (BMBF),
e-REET

Ms. Srijana Neupane

Ms. Srijana Neupane

Research Associate

Projects RETO-DOSSO,
C-COOK-MALI

STUDENT  ASSISTANTS

  • Himanshu Nautiyal