skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

EECi PhD student André elicits expert opinion on energy innovations in Indian households

last modified Jun 05, 2018 04:09 PM
EECi PhD student André elicits expert opinion on energy innovations in Indian households

André enjoying an engaging conversation in the IIHS canteen, as part of his fieldwork

First year PhD student André travelled to Bangalore at the end of April to attend a workshop on Energy innovation for low-cost housing, hosted by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). Fieldwork was also carried out, aimed at capturing the perspective of suppliers, entrepreneurs and engineers designing and marketing residential solar technologies in India. Quantitative data on the impact of solar innovations on daily energy use in the developing world can be hard to quantify and often surveying households can be particularly problematic, so our study took a fresh view using expert opinion and knowledge to build a series of reliable estimates. The insights from this can be useful for policy makers in identifying emerging technologies to support, as well as manufacturers and energy suppliers looking to better understand individual energy consumers’ behaviour.

This fieldwork fits into the wider theme of André’s PhD focusing on the ‘Social Logic of Energy in India’, characterising and quantifying the significance of non-income factors that can affect household energy use in Indian households. The workshop was held as part of a project being run by the Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (GENUS) research group, with which both Dr. Ruchi Choudhary and André are involved.