I always tell my younger friends when they’re thinking about getting involved with BERC that it’s been one of the best parts of my time at Cal, and not just professionally. Getting to just hang out, and pick the brains of the graduate students in BERC, and having people to nerd out with about energy […]
Africa is expected to move from 35% to 85% electrification over the next 25 years. Join us and a phenomenal lineup of speakers as we examine the business opportunities that are unlocked as more and more Africans plug in. Find out more on April 23!
Berkeley Water Group IdeaLab (BWGIL) is partnering with researchers in the Berkeley School of Public Health and Pivot LTD, a waste-to-fuel startup company, to develop the hardware and local capacity needed to collect waste from informal communities in Kigali, Rwanda and turn it into renewable solid fuel.
Last month, BERC members Adrian Gomez, Gerardo Ruiz de Teresa, Molly Starke, Shaila Narang, and Victor Pucci represented UC Berkeley at the inaugural Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition at Duke University in Durham, NC. The competition centered on Powerhive, a Berkeley-based energy company seeking to deploy microgrids in Sub-Saharan Africa for rural electrification.
In North America and Europe energy access is not a severe issue with all developed countries having 100% electrification rates across the board. In the developing world, however, access to energy remains a major obstacle for common people, especially in rural areas. UC Berkeley students and BERC Communities are exploring innovative ideas to tackle the various challenges of energy access.
Many millions of Africans lack access to the electricity grid, but new solar and micro-hydro systems are allowing entrepreneurial Africans to leapfrog grid development across the continent.
With its high demand for energy, China has become the largest importer of oil as of the end of last year according to the US Energy Information Administration.