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Title: Solar electric cooking in Africa: where will the transition happen first?
Authors: Batchelor, Simon
Brown, Edward D.
Leary, Jon
Scott, Nigel
Alsop, Alfred
Leach, Matthew
Keywords: Solar
Photovoltaic
Sub Saharan Africa
eCook
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: BATCHELOR, S. ... et al., 2018. Solar electric cooking in Africa: where will the transition happen first? Energy Research and Social Science, 40, pp.257-272.
Abstract: Whilst the rapid spread of solar photovoltaics (PV) across Africa has already transformed millions of lives, it has yet to have an impact on the main energy need of poor households: cooking. In the context of falling global PV prices, recent advancements in battery technology and rising charcoal/fuelwood prices in severely deforested regions, the door is opening for a potentially transformative alternative – solar electric cooking (PV-eCook). While initial investigations focused on solar home systems sized for cooking (cooking device, battery storage, charge controller and PV array), it has since been shown that battery-supported electric cooking (eCook) can also strengthen national, mini, micro and nano grids. This paper presents a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) based methodology, accounting for a wide variety of socio-cultural, political, technical and economic factors which are expected to affect the uptake and potential impact of eCook across a variety of African contexts. It shows the concept has considerable viability in many African countries, that there are significant sizeable markets (millions of potential users), and that within the next five years the anticipated costs of eCook are highly competitive against existing ‘commercialised polluting fuels’.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor: EPSRC
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.019
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32062
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.019
ISSN: 2214-6296
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