Featured Paper From Earthspark International: A Practitioner’s Field-based Recommendations for Overcoming Challenges to Viable Productive Uses of Electricity Programs

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

Productive uses of electricity (PUE) are core to unlocking the economic development potential of community microgrids around the world.

While energy access funders are now interested in this concept, the reality remains that truly transformative ‘plug and play’ productive uses of electricity remain elusive.

PUE, especially on AC micro-grids, face high uncertainty regarding the viability of individual appliances. While guidance abounds on the most suitable applications of productive uses, such as milling or cold storage, and sound guidance on the implementation of PUE programs is available, such as the PRODUSE manual, practitioners promoting PUE require further support. We recommend the following:

  • Expand the list of efficient, quality-assured AC appliances, emphasizing value-adding appliances
  • Fund practitioners to field-test promising PUE appliances
  • Analyze PUE case studies to extract best practices and lessons learned

Read the entire paper at EarthSpark International

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