News

New CESET open access book is published

7th June, 2024

The CESET team is delighted to announce that their edited volume "Community Energy and Sustainable Energy Transitions: Experiences from Ethiopia, Malawi, and Mozambique" has been published by Springer. 

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Blog on fieldwork visits to FACIM 2023 and sites in Maputo

19th February, 2024

In August and September 2023, CESET team members - Dr Josh Kirshner, York University and Professor Marcus Power, Durham University - undertook a field trip to Maputo and you can read about it in the following blog.

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New open access paper published in the Journal of Harbin Engineering University

9th February, 2024

Our Ethiopian CESET colleagues Solomon Tekelemichael Bahta and Mulualem G. Gebreslassie have just published an open access research paper entitled "The Role of Off-Grid Energy Systems for Sustainable Energy Transition in Ethiopia". 

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Keynote presentations from the CESET conference available to watch

17th January, 2024

On the 26th of September, CESET organised an external facing conference “From Market to Social Value: Reimagining the role of community energy in Sustainability Transitions” in Sheffield. The conference brought together the CESET team, researchers, activists, practitioners, and community energy project managers from the UK, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa. The conference included keynotes followed by responses and open discussion.

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Amare Assefa presented at the ICAREED-24 conference in the USA

16th January, 2024

CESET member Amare Assefa from Addis Ababa University presented a research entitled “A Survey of Energy Technology Graduate Program and graduate’s Experience with perspective on  community energy: Ethiopia Case” at the ICAREED-24 conference. ICAREED-24 took place 11 th - 12 th January 2024 in Washington DC, USA. It brought together researchers, educators, and practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest developments and challenges in the application of renewable energy and environmental development.

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CESET team presented at the International Conference on Environmental Engineering & Renewable Energy

16th January, 2024

Solomon Bahta and Mulualem Gebreslassie authored a CESET conference paper, which was presented virtually by Solomon on 22 December 2023, at the International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energy (ICENVERE - 23) in Finland, thanks to funding from the CESET project.

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New report from Mzuzu University on renewable energy training for women

3rd January, 2024

Last year Mzuzu University delivered a 10 day training course on renewable energy for women engineers and technicians, which was implemented by the Test and Training Center for Renewable Energy Technologies, (TCRET), with funding from the Community Energy Systems and Sustainable Energy Transitions Project. 

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Workshop on fostering intersectional energy education in Africa

20th December, 2023

On 28 November 2023 the CESET project team held an online discussion about promoting intersectional energy education in Africa. The meeting was organized to discuss and share experiences across Malawi, Mozambique and Ethiopia and to learn and design better training and education for energy engineers. The participants reached a consensus that there is a gender gap in the engineering education sector, particularly in Electrical and Mechanical engineering, which are important routes for entering the energy sector.

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CESET participates in inaugural conference of the International Network on African Energy Transition

1st December, 2023

CESET co-investigators Carlos Shenga and Lorraine Howe from the Centre for Research and Governance and Development (CPGD), Mozambique were invited to join the inaugural conference of the International Network on African Energy Transition (INAET), co-hosted by Luiss University and Eni, in Rome on 16-17 November 2023.

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Welcome Shirley Jeque Mutemba - CESET project impact coordinator

1st December, 2023

CESET is delighted to welcome Shirley to its team through the University of Sheffield’s Evidencing Impact Internship scheme, which aims to help students develop their employability skills by working within the University on a project-based placement.

Shirley is a current student at The University of Sheffield studying MSc Management. She holds a Bachelor’s Honours degree in Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

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A New CESET research paper published as Open Access in a Special Issue

24th November, 2023

Our CESET co-investigators Mulualem G. Gebreslassie and Carlos Cuvilas have published a new CESET research paper as open access in a special issue titled "The role of community energy systems to facilitate energy transitions in Ethiopia and Mozambique" in the Energy systems journal at Springer nature. 

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Final blog of Dr Vallecha and his field visit to CES projects in Northern Malawi

7th November, 2023

In September CESET researcher Harshit visited different community energy projects in Malawi to gain a deeper understanding of the landscape of CES projects. This is the third blog in the series. You can read the first here and the second here

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Second blog in the Community Energy Systems in Malawi series

7th November, 2023

In this second blog Dr Harshit Vallecha travelled south to visit the MEGA project at Mulanje and then to the Oleole project at Chikwawa. You can read the first blog here

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Landscape of Community Energy Systems in Malawi

7th November, 2023

In September 2023, CESET researcher Dr. Harshit Vallecha (Loughborough University) carried out field visits to different projects in Malawi. This blog is the first of three and provides the summary of sites visited in central region of Malawi.

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International workshop on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

25th September, 2023

On 22 September 2023 the CESET project hosted a hybrid workshop on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Chimney House in Sheffield. The workshop was designed to understand what feminist and intersectional perspectives on climate change and infrastructural transitions can contribute to the delivery in policy and practice and examine the opportunities presented by and the challenges faced by existing attempts to do this.

The sessions were structured around:

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New report published by AMER

15th August, 2023

Associação Moçambicana de Energias Renováveis have recently produced a report that explores the gaps and opportunities in the national legislation of Mozambique to propose an additional package of incentives to stimulate the operators in the off-grid sub sector to adhere to the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Seal (GESIS) norm. 

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Energy improvements to the Manolo Health Center, Malawi

16th June, 2023

Our CESET co-investigators in Malawi have undertook a field visit to the Manolo Health Centre to assess its current access (or non-access) to energy and their energy needs, and to determine what energy system they would need to service its patients effectively.

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New policy brief on Mozambique's off-grid energy regulation

23rd May, 2023

Our CESET co-investigators Carlos Shenga and Lorraine Howe of the Centre for Research on Governance and Development (CPGD) in Maputo have published a Portuguese language policy brief ‘Oportunidades para Absorver Projectos Comunitários Energéticos’ on Mozambique's off-grid energy regulation. The policy brief provides an overview of a study, funded by The University of Sheffield's Impact Accelerator Account, that assessed the opportunities and challenges for the uptake of off-grid energy projects in the country.

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Mozambican Government, SNV and CESET build Synergies to operationalize GESIS

19th May, 2023

SNV held a key milestone meeting on April 19th in the city of Maputo under BRILHO programme.

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CESET contributes to new handbook on energy justice

17th May, 2023

Our CESET team have contributed chapters to the new ‘Handbook on Energy Justice’ edited by Stefan Bouzarovski et al (2023) and published by Elgar.

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