Developing solutions to energy policy and market challenges in emerging economies

About the Energy Access Project

The production and use of energy have far-reaching implications for human health, economic opportunity, and the livability of the planet.

With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and even more without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time.

The Energy Access Project at Duke University takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, modern energy solutions around the world. Established in 2017, the project supports foundational research and fosters constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to identify ways of applying that research. It engages students, locally and globally, in finding innovative approaches to accelerate clean energy deployment in emerging markets. It’s supporting the development of new, disruptive tools, such as the means to evaluate electricity access through machine learning techniques applied to aerial imagery data.

The Energy Access Project mobilizes students from Duke and around the world by supporting student research opportunities and conferences, summer internships, business case competitions, academic courses, speaking engagements with leading practitioners, and other energy access-related events on and off-campus.

Establishing the Energy Access Project

Sustainable Development Goal 7  has focused the world’s attention on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. Eliminating energy poverty will require accelerated deployment of technology, a paradigm shift in capital deployment, and bold regulatory models that embrace energy system transformation. The Energy Access Project is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.

Photo credit: Energy Access Project

Photo credit: Energy Access Project

Seven Takeaways from the Energy Access Project Launch

Some of the leading lights from the energy access community convened in Washington, D.C., February 23 2018 for the launch of Duke University’s Energy Access Project. As the new project assembles its agenda, leaders from business, government, and civil society weighed in on the market and policy challenges facing the billions of people lacking access to modern energy. Here’s some of what we heard.

Learn about Energy Access Project Research

The Energy Access Project is working to provide policy makers, project developers, investors, civil society and impacted communities with the tools and analysis to help drive this transformation.

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