600 million people in Africa still have no access to electricity and grid rollout remains painfully slow. But a new generation of entrepreneurial businesses is rolling out small scale solar power to individual households, enabling families that often still rely on candles at night, to access the digital economy though clean LED light, satellite TV and smartphones. This is being done as a commercial enterprise, not as a charity, and is currently connecting tens of thousands of households every month.
Simon Bransfield-Garth is CEO of Azuri Technologies, a one time Fellow at St John’s College, a Royal Society Industrial Fellow and awarded the title “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in 2012 for his work on solar power in emerging markets.
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03 Feb 2021
Wednesday Lecture - online