This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:

fact-checked

trusted source

proofread

Low-carbon solutions can provide energy for displaced people

Low-carbon solutions can provide energy for displaced people
Credit: MeshPower Limited

Using solar and battery power can reduce costs and emissions associated with providing power to refugee camps, researchers have found.

Most use diesel generators to power essential services including hospitals, police stations, and lighting. Using diesel to generate power is noisy, expensive, and emits large amounts of damaging and localized air pollution.

Typically, these generators only power essential camp services. Of the 80 million people displaced globally, it is estimated that only 10% have reliable access to electricity.

Low-carbon solutions can provide energy for displaced people
Credit: MeshPower Limited

Imperial researchers have investigated the supply of electricity to Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda, which is home to 58,000 displaced people from neighboring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They found that, by integrating solar and battery capacity in conjunction with the existing to create a hybrid "mini-grid," fuel expenditure and emissions could be drastically reduced. The system could also allow more people to access electricity, boosting the local economy. The research is published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

More information: Hamish Beath et al, Maximising the benefits of renewable energy infrastructure in displacement settings: Optimising the operation of a solar-hybrid mini-grid for institutional and business users in Mahama Refugee Camp, Rwanda, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2022.113142

Citation: Low-carbon solutions can provide energy for displaced people (2023, March 9) retrieved 22 June 2024 from https://techxplore.com/news/2023-03-low-carbon-solutions-energy-displaced-people.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Electric trucks produce far fewer emissions than diesel: EU report

3 shares

Feedback to editors