Applications of Energy in Global Development

Engages students through project-focused and community-based approaches to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7, which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy. Teams work on off-grid energy projects related to lighting, cooking, agricultural productivity, or other solutions in collaboration with pre-selected community partners. Project work includes assessment of user needs, technology identification, product design, prototyping, and development of implementation strategies to continue the development of ongoing projects. Optional January site visits to East Africa or India may be available to test and implement the solutions developed during the semester. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 20; preference to students who have taken EC.711.

2.652/EC.712: 12 units, fall semester

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