Strathclyde students Callum Taylor, Emma Tate and Steven Nolan with Kembujeh with local people in Kembujeh.

Our projectsEnergy for Development

Sustainable Development Goal target(s)

Affordable and Clean Energy for All

Project lead Dr Scott Strachan, Electronic & Electrical Engineering 
Open to year groups 2 and 3 (for Business students, year 3 only)
Faculties/degree subjects
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer & Electronic Systems
  • Strathclyde Business School
  • the project is also looking for a Psychology student and Computer & Information Science students for the academic year 2019-20

Please note: availability can vary between degrees. Please contact your advisor of studies and the project lead for more information.

How to apply

To apply for this project please complete our application form.

7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

Project overview

This Vertically Integrated Projects for Sustainable Development is closely aligned with the aims and objectives of SDG 7, “Affordable and Clean Energy for All”, and challenges our students to work together in multi-disciplinary teams to help to achieve this global goal. The types of project activity that you could get involved with include (but are not restricted to):

  • developing remote monitoring systems for the monitoring and control of stand-alone solar home systems, and small village micro-grids
  • developing model simulations of different off-grid system designs, with a view to understanding the technical and economic limitations associated with them (e.g. can we rely solely on DC grids, grid efficiency, study different topologies – mesh, hub and spoke, interconnected solar home system grid or ‘swarm electrification’)
  • develop electrification planning strategies: in developed countries like the UK we are familiar with a ‘top-down’ approach to delivering electricity to customers, and rely on reinforcement, expansion or extension of the main grid to meet additional customer demand, or supply new communities. In developing countries there exists the opportunity to take a fresh approach to planning a nation’s energy infrastructure – from the ‘bottom-up’ – starting in communities where the need is the greatest and making use of off-grid solutions including stand-alone systems, microgrids and minigrids – with the potential for interconnection between them, and ultimately with the national grid
  • develop the business models that can be ‘wrapped around’ these systems to make them income generating for local villagers or communities interested in ‘Productive Uses of Energy’ and ‘Sustainable Livelihoods’
  • understand the socio-economic impact of energy access

Project impact

A key aspect of this project is ‘impact’. To ensure we can deliver impact, we link our project with The Gambia and Tamil Nadu Solar Projects that run annually here at Strathclyde. Staff and a select number of students travel to remote villages in The Gambia or India to install solar PV systems and field-test prototypes delivered by the projects, or gather information and data required to inform projects.

As such, there is a clear opportunity for our students to experience life in these communities and see first-hand the difference that energy can make to their way of life. It's clear from these projects that a multidisciplinary team of students from across all faculties has a role to play in their delivery. Could you be one of them?

Have more questions, or want to get involved?

Contact scott.strachan@strath.ac.uk, or apply for this project.