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lab 6: Access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda


The challenge


The lab of tomorrow team joined forces with Siemens in order to tackle the following challenge in the 6th lab of tomorrow innovation process: How might we improve access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda?

Background


Currently, Uganda has one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption in the world. Electricity demand has been growing at an average of 10% per annum, however, the supply did not increase proportionally. Uganda’s energy sector attracts large investments by the Ugandan Government and the private sector.

  • The total estimated potential of renewable energy resources is about 5,3 GW
  • Hydro, biomass, solar and geothermal energy are considered to have large potential for electricity generation
  • At a national level, 20 percent of Ugandans have access to electricity; which drops to 10 percent in rural areas

There are vast opportunities to provide millions of people access to energy by offering tailor-made solutions for the Ugandan market.

Sub-challenges


The possibilities to improve access to affordable and reliable energy are manifold and imply different challenges. In order to develop all-embracing business solutions, participants commit themselves to tackle specific sub-challenges.

1. Grid connectivity: How might we improve the last-mile grid connectivity?

2. Integration: How might we integrate different energy sources to increase the productivity of Mini Grids / Off Grids?

3. Agriculture: How might we use energy solutions to empower agriculture?

4. Hydro: How might we increase productivity in rural areas through hydro?

5. Biomass: How might we increase productivity in rural areas through biomass?

6. Solar: How might we increase productivity in rural areas through solar?

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