AE4H Innovation Lab 2019
24.06.2019: In the framework of the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) Initiative, launched by University of Waterloo (UoW) and KIT, this second Innovation Lab which was hosted by UoW from June 19-21, brings together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access for the purpose of developing new insights on the delivery of affordable energy services in regions with limited access to electricity. The objective of the lab is to identify how delivery of a range of specific energy services can help spur local economic development and social value creation. The some 50 participants, who were highly diverse in expertise, nationality, age and gender, discussed and assembled to produce a set of working papers that outline follow-up activities which advance off-grid energy innovation to support key end user needs/energy services, including: business services, agriculture, electric cooking, electric mobility, education and public health, clean water access, communication, heating and cooling. KIT contributed with a project on ‚Off-Grid Hybrid Systems (OHRES) for contrastive remote communities in Uganda and Canada‘ by Mohamed Elkadragy (ETI).
On the second day, a public event was held, featuring innovation lab participants discussing cleantech entrepreneurship in Africa. This event was also a part of the TrueNorth Festival, the largest annual gathering of tech leaders in Canada's technology triangle.