Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Chrispin Gogoda Mbewe

PhD Research Student
MSc

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635325

Location: MBG.0.L01, Garendon Wing

Chrispin is a PhD Student in Renewable Energy for Development Research Group at The Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, which is within the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering on a 2017/18 Commonwealth Scholarship. He is under the supervision of Dr Richard Blanchard and Dr Gianfranco Claudio.

He obtained his MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology in 2015 from Loughborough University and BSc in Renewable Energy Technologies in 2008 with a distinction from Mzuzu University in Malawi.

Chrispin working as Lecturer since 2012, is on a study leave from his current employer; Mzuzu University. In addition to teaching, he has also served as a Coordinator of outreach community renewable energy projects and also as Undergraduate Research Projects Coordinator. Before joining Mzuzu University Chrispin also worked at Shareworld Open University as a Vice Registrar from 2008 to 2012.

For extra-curricular, Chrispin is a member of the Malawi Institute of Engineers and the UK Solar Trade Association.

Key Awards: Chrispin was a recipient of 2014/15 Commonwealth Scholarship Awards to study a taught masters in the UK. He also received a Presidential Prize (Malawi) for passing his first degree with a distinction. Professionally he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Association of Business Executives-UK for tutoring a top prize winner in Introduction to Marketing in 2008. 

Energy storage is one of the major challenges faced in the promotion of renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic (PV) stand-alone/hybrid system in developing countries, particularly in Malawi, which major application is in rural areas where grid connection is far from reaching. Chrispin’s research aims develop a battery energy storage delivery model taking account of operating environments, for implementation of solar PV systems in Malawi to enhance access to clean, affordable and reliable electricity for development.

In order to achieve this, energy storage applications and challenges will be studied, and key stakeholders in energy storage identified for Malawi. Specific batteries will be characterised and tested under standard test conditions and compared batteries operating under actual loads and environmental conditions. Accelerated environmental conditions will be simulated using environmental chambers. The results will combine into the development of an energy storage delivery model.

Key words:

Energy access, renewable energy, solar PV, battery energy storage, Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa