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|Title: ||Solar electric cooking in Africa: where will the transition happen first?|
|Authors: ||Batchelor, Simon|
Brown, Edward D.
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Citation: ||BATCHELOR, S. ... et al., 2018. Solar electric cooking in Africa: where will the transition happen first? Energy Research and Social Science, doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.019|
|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 batterysupported
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: ||Closed access. This paper will be available gold open access on publication.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.019|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access (Geography)|
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