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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

RE for Development

Low income community, Likoma Island, Malawi. - © C. Zalengera

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Livelihoods

This activity examines opportunities and barriers to renewable energy in helping people to achieve sustainable livelihoods and meet Millennium Development Goals.  One specific focus is on Likoma Island in Malawi. The work here is interdisciplinary with social, technical, and economic parameters under investigation. Current energy use patterns and people’s purchasing-power for energy are investigated along with the prioritisation of energy services. Renewable energy resource assessment is undertaken including microscale wind mapping. Technical and economic modelling of renewable energy systems is undertaken. Solutions are proposed indicating cost factors, finance and also business opportunities putting emphasis on reducing livelihood vulnerability.


Zalengera C, Blanchard RE, Eames PC (2013). Understanding People's Purchasing-Power for Energy: How is it Important for Sustainable Development of Renewable Energy Technologies? - A Case of Likoma Island in Malawi, 3rd Low Carbon Energy for Development Network Workshop, Wellcome Trust, London, 24 Jun 2013 - 25 Jun 2013. 1-1. 24 Jun 2013

Zalengera C, Blanchard R. E, Eames P.C, (2012). Sustainable Livelihood Approach to Renewable Energy Technology Development: Experiences from Malawi. 2012 UNESCO Tech4Dev International Conference. Technologies for Sustainable Development: A way to Reduce Poverty? EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. 29-31 May 2012.

Zalengera C, Blanchard R. E, Eames P.C, (2012). Leaning the Ladder for Human Socioeconomic Development on Better Walls: Sustainability Options and Opportunities for Developing Countries. Planet Under Pressure, London International Convention Centre, London, 26 Mar 2012 - 29 Mar 2012.