2 Co-Design

Open source, open innovation, open collaboration: most of us access information daily based on an ‘open’ approach. Open source technology – which emerged as a radical new approach to software – benefits from a collaborative and transparent approach. It allows people to adapt and improve technology according to their needs. An open source approach can progress more rapidly thanks to the crowd-based model that encourages experimentation. Open source technology is flexible, and it is sometimes even more reliable. But how can this revolution in “openness” benefit people who need access to energy? In the case of energy access, open source technology allows people to adapt energy-related hardware, software, and data more easily to their local conditions, potentially saving both time, effort, and money in the process. The flexibility offered by open source technology means that people are not wedded to proprietary technology if they need to adapt to new conditions. Despite these benefits, obstacles to open source technology also exist.


Water and Energy (II. Issue 2004) – PREP Brochures

Resource Efficient Construction (I. Issue 2004) – PREP Brochures

Sustainable Tourism (II. Issue 2005) – PREP Brochures

Sustainable Transport (I. Issue 2005) – PREP Brochures

Sustainable Biofuel Production & Use Options for Greener Fuels (IV. Issue 2006) – PREP Brochures

Corporate Energy and Material Efficiency (III. Issue 2006) – PREP Brochures

Energy in Schools (II. Issue 2006) – PREP Brochures

Microfinance and Renewable Energy (I. Issue 2006) – PREP Brochures

Solar Cooling – Using the Sun for Climatisation (III. Issue 2007) – PREP Brochures

Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction (II. Issue 2007) – PREP Brochures

Renewable Energy in the Food Supply Chain (I. Issue 2007) – PREP Brochures

Water for Energy and Energy for Water (I. Issue 2008) – PREP Brochures

Access to Electricity 2010

The brochure focuses on technological options for community-based solutions related to ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY

Food Issues (2011)

The brochure focuses on renewable energy technologies for food preparation and processing.

Lighting WISIONS 2013

The brochure portrays sustainable lighting solutions in developing countries.

Webinar 1 – slides Energy for all Waters

Webinar 2 – slides What if the grid arrives?

Webinar 3 – slides Beyond Cooking

Webinar 4 – slides Great Expectations

Webinar 5 – slides Alternative Financing

Webinar 6 – slides Open Source Technologies

Webinar 7 – slides Energy for Water

Webinar 8 – slides Development and Application of Biodigester Technology

Seminar_Slides ‘Setting the Scene’

Seminar_Slides ‘Understanding Communities’

Seminar_Slides ‘Drawing Economic Benefit’

Seminar Takeaways ‘Setting the Scene’

Seminar Takeaways ‘Understanding Communities’

Seminar Takeaways ‘Drawing Economic Benefits’

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