Research Training Partnership with University of Rwanda – Capacity Development in Sustainable Energy
Access to electricity is a critical factor in enabling socio-economic development. Over the last couple of decades, rapid economic growth in Rwanda has put pressure on the energy sector and the country now needs to increase its generation capacity and expand transmission and distribution networks to meet quickly growing demand. Only 16% of Rwanda’s households are connected to the grid and the large rural population, a burgeoning industrialisation and the hilly topography require a combination of large- and small-scale, on-grid and off-grid energy systems. This Research Training Partnership (RTP) aims to establish coherent and well-organised post-graduate research training in Sustainable Energy. The aim is to build research and teaching capacity within prioritised areas of engineering and interdisciplinary energy research. In this five-year programme, the focus is placed on one key theme: Smart electrification for rural development using locally available renewable energy resources appropriate to Rwanda. Expertise is built in bioenergy, solar, hydropower, flexible and adaptable grids, and on policy and finance preconditions, energy demand and entrepreneurship, and social and environmental impacts. The approach of combining problem-oriented engineering studies of technical systems with interdisciplinary energy system studies responds to the evidence that current traditional engineering training in the East African region is less relevant to address challenges brought about by the ever changing social and economic dynamics, advancement in technology and impacts of climate change. The RTP’s main output is the graduation of 5 PhD students and further training of 3 postdocs, evaluation and improvement of existing Master program, creation of a dynamic research culture resulting in international publications, joint research projects and a mechanism for translating research to real world solutions in partnership with community members, the energy sector and civil society. Other regional partners are Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and Strathmore University in Kenya.
- University of Gothenburg (Academic, Sweden)
- University of Gothenburg (Publisher, Sweden)
- University of Rwanda (Academic, Rwanda)
- Jönköping University (Academic, Sweden)
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Associate Professor, Environmental Systems Analysis, Technology Management and Economics.
Helene Ahlborg’s research is about rural electrification in East Africa and societal transformation. She studies the co-development of technology and society and how provision of electricity...
Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology.
Researcher, Electric Power Engineering, Electrical engineering
Jimmy Ehnberg got his MSc. Degree in electrical engineering at Lunds Institute of Technology at the University of Lund in 2001. He got Lic. eng. and Ph.D. degree from Chalmers in 2003 and 2007...
Industrial doctoral student, Technology Management and Economics
Industrial doctoral student at the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.
Project Manager in global sustainable development and strategic collaborations, at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV)
Daniela Michael is a project manager working with the collaboration platform Global Sustainable Futures (focusing on low- and middle-income countries) and with a strategic internationalization...
Professor with a Chair in Environmental Systems and Risk, Div Environmental Systems Analysis, Technology Management and Economics
Sverker Molander develops and applies different systems approaches in his research on human induced environmental change and its mitigation. He is particularly involved in studies related to risks...
Doctoral student, Technology Management and Economics
Doctoral student at the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics. Sam’s research explores innovation processes within sustainable energy...