Working Papers

Discrete Choice Modelling – Uganda

The primary purpose of the Discrete Choice Modelling surveys was to explore people’s preferences regarding various aspects of the design and functionality of cooking devices. The survey has also been used to gather valuable data on cooking practices (e.g. the mix of fuels used and the timing of meals), and the quality of electricity supplies. Data on expenditure on cooking fuels is especially useful as this represents disposable income that can be substituted for modern fuel devices. The surveys were carried out by the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Makerere University. A team of enumerators conducted face to face interviews and responses were recorded using the Kobo Collect Android application on a tablet.

Cooking Diaries 3.0 Protocols

The purpose of this document is to capture some of the learning gathered during implementation of the “Cooking Diaries” methodology. It is hoped that this will enable other researchers to replicate this form of data collection, processing and analysis to build a much broader evidence base on how people cook, with the aim of facilitating the global transitions toward modern energy for cooking. This document presents an updated methodology (version 3.0), with the aim of working towards a global standard protocol.

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Framework

To ensure that any MECS solution proposed delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the target audience, careful assessment of options is required. For environmental concerns, a life cycle approach that considers the entire value chain (from suppliers through the disposal systems) is necessary. The environmental assessment programme for MECS will provide data that can be utilized in a number of ways: to provide feedback on detailed cooking/power design to minimize environmental impact, to identify particular design features that may be necessary to support the integration of MECS into evolving infrastructure provision and to provide insights into policy and regulatory frameworks for infrastructure provision, tailored to the differing conditions found in the regions where MECS will be applied. 

A comparison of functions and safety features on Electric Pressure Cookers – September 2019

There are dozens of different electric pressure cookers (EPCs) on the market for domestic and small commercial use. They range in price from about £50 to well over £100. Seven EPCs are compared here. One, the BES model is designed for use with a 12V DC electricity, whereas the others are all designed for 230V AC electricity. Section 1 describes the functions and features. Section 2 describes the safety features.
This document does not make recommendations as to one type over another, but sets out a factual comparison of functions, external and internal features.

Innovation case studies

In developing countries – particularly low-income countries – it is often the case that relevant innovation systems do not exist to support the uptake of new sustainable energy technologies. These 3 case studies seek to apply lessons from the field of innovation studies to the context of low carbon development and the role that clean energy technologies might play, via international policy interventions, in underpinning sustainable development trajectories. The 3 case studies cover off-grid solar PV in Kenya, Solar Home Systems in Tanzania and LPG in Ghana. A briefing note on ‘Transformative Innovations’ is available here and the full working paper is available here.

Discrete choice modelling – Ghana

The primary purpose of the Discrete Choice Modelling surveys was to explore people’s preferences regarding various aspects of the design and functionality of cooking devices. The survey has also been used to gather valuable data on cooking practices (e.g. the mix of fuels used and the timing of meals), and the quality of electricity supplies. Data on expenditure on cooking fuels is especially useful as this represents disposable income that can be substituted for modern fuel devices. The surveys were carried out by a team of enumerators as face to face interviews and responses were recorded using the Kobo Collect Android application on a tablet.

Activities in Kenya (LCT)

The foundation for MECS activities in Kenya was laid by the Low Cost Energy-Efficient Products for the Bottom of the Pyramid (LCT) project funded by DfID/UK Aid, EPSRC, RCUK & DECC (now BEIS) through the USES programme. A much deeper analysis of the data collected during this project was subsequently carried out during the MECS programme. The working papers and final reports from this re-analysis will be available here:

Activities in Tanzania, Zambia & Myanmar (Innovate)

The foundation for MECS activities in Tanzania, Myanmar and Zambia was laid by an Innovate UK, Gamos and UK Aid funded project designed to assess the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for eCook (battery-supported cooking) in high impact potential markets. A much deeper analysis of the data collected during this project was subsequently carried out during the MECS programme. The working papers and final reports from this re-analysis will be available here:

Tanzania

  • Discrete choice modelling (coming soon)

Zambia

Myanmar

Mini-grid developers’ toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to support mini-grid developers to explore the opportunities for their customers to transition to cooking with electricity.