On behalf of the IEEE PELS Energy Access and Empower a Billion Lives Global Steering Committee, it is our honor to welcome you to the 2021 Virtual Workshop on Energy Access and Empower a Billion Lives II, hosted by the IEEE Power Electronics Society and IEEE TV. The Workshop on Energy Access provides a platform for bringing together a diverse community dedicated to solving the challenges posed by equitable energy access.
Our aim is to improve the understanding of the needs and capabilities of various stakeholders, continuing the dialogue on collaboration, and exploring ways to expand the global Energy Access community, and strengthen collaboration among stakeholders.
This Workshop is also announcing the launch of IEEE PELS Empower a Billion Lives II (EBL) Global Competition to accelerate energy access for nearly three billions people who still live with extreme energy poverty. The goal of this competition is to crowdsource holistic and scalable solutions that will be effective in providing energy access to communities that have no access to energy services and live below the global poverty level. This competition will build off the success of Empower a Billion Lives I and take input from prior EBL I teams and the Energy Access community in crafting the next competition.
A special thank you to all the panelists and partners and a hearty thanks to the IEEE volunteers and staff for their dedicated work and to IEEE Power Electronics Society as the workshop sponsor.
Deepak Divan, Global Steering Chair – IEEE PELS Empower a Billion Lives and Energy Access Group
Deepak Divan, EBL Global Steering Chair
Presentations from EBL-I teams:
Chetan Singh Solanki - Team SouLS and Olusegun Odunalya - Team Havenhill
Panel Session 1: Towards Universal Energy Access - Barriers and Pathways to Scale - 2021 Virtual Energy Access Workshop and EBL-2
Moderator: Nana Nuamoah Asamoah-Manu - IFC Panelists: Divyam Nagpal - IRENA,
Nishant Narayan - SEforALL,
Suleiman Babamanu - Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency
Panel Session 2: Technologies Enabling Universal Energy Access - 2021 Virtual Energy Access Workshop and EBL-2
Moderator: Silard Liptak, Agsol
Panelists: Nick Singh - ESKOM,
Makena Ireri - CLASP,
Claudio Shawawreh - Solaris Off-Grid
Energy Access Stakeholders’ Collaboration and the Role of IEEE - 2021 Virtual Energy Access Workshop and EBL-2
Moderator: Jelena Popovic, EBL Vice-Chair, University of Twente Panelists: Rajan Kapur - VP IEEE Smart Village, Larankelo Ventures, Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan Global Chair IEEE Humanitarian Activities, Lwanga Herbert - IEEE SIGHT Chair, Logel Science Foundation, Anuradha Annaswamy, Past-President IEEE Control Systems Society
Stakeholder’s Perspective: If We Could Wave a Magic Wand, What is the Outcome We Would Want? - 2021 Virtual Energy Access Workshop and EBL-2
Moderator: Issa Batarseh, EBL Vice-Chair, UCF
Presenters: Olivier Jacquet, Schneider Electric
Bill Nussey, Freeing Energy
Empower a Billion Lives II Global Competition - Stakeholder Input - 2021 Virtual Energy Access Workshop and EBL-2
Moderator: Deepak Divan, EBL Global Steering Chair Panelists: Ali Husain - On Semiconductor,
Richard Mori - EBL I Team Xpower, Meshpower,
Nana Nuamoah Asamoah-Manu, IFC,
Silard Liptak, EBL I Project Manager, Agsol