Technologies to harness solar power as a path to low-carbon energy are developing at breakneck speed. How can developing countries best make use of them to benefit the millions of rural poor who still live without electricity?
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The Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, focuses on energy technology, policy and development research, education and capacity building. It provides information on its research and training opportunities, and links to open-access publications and relevant websites. It also publishes its own quarterly journal, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, which is accredited by the South African Department of Education.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in the United States, focuses on research and development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. It publishes information about all its research programmes — from biomass to solar photovoltaics — and other activities including technology transfer partnerships, industry partnerships, and technical assistance to US and international government agencies and organisations.
The Risø laboratory at the Technical University of Denmark focuses on research and development of sustainable energy including solar, wind and nuclear technologies. It publishes information on its research and teaching programmes and on its innovation activities, which often occur in collaboration with industries. Its website links to relevant publications and a list of Risø experts and their contact details.