UC Berkeley & Power For All Launch New Partnership23 Apr 2016 |
The University of California–Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and the global decentralized renewable energy campaign group "Power for All" have come together for the creation of a new project intended to aggregate various types of relevant research.
The new project -- dubbed the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) -- is an interactive information database designed to help aggregate + repackage the best research on energy access. The research in question will be drawn from groups such as: IRENA, the World Bank, the US government initiative Power Africa, REN21, and various academic institutions and non-governmental agencies as well.
"Achieving universal energy access is not only one of the most pressing issues of our time -- but also one of the most solvable,” stated Professor Dan Kammen, director of RAEL and recently appointed US Science Envoy for the US State Department. “If we enable entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and governments to quickly and easily access the best science and research on distributed renewables in emerging markets, we believe we can help accelerate universal energy access.”
A recent press release provides more:
PEAK, a joint project of RAEL and Power for All, compiles and synthesizes data on energy access and distributed renewables to ensure maximum visibility, usability, and discoverability of that information by individuals, organizations and communities working to make energy services accessible to all.
PEAK’s first phase will focus on enabling the Power for All campaign and its partners to leverage critical evidence and create compelling visualizations of the sector’s findings. Phases two and three will serve the broader community with an open-source tool for rapid response and surfacing powerful, data-based evidence that proves we can achieve energy access faster and far more cost-effectively via decentralized renewables than conventional wisdom predicts.
The PEAK project is being coordinated by Dr Rebekah Shirley (Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley) and Dr Peter Alstone (ITRI-Rosenfeld Post-Doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
The project is intended to improve research visibility and utility -- previous work has shown that much research is never seen by those who could make use of it. An earlier World Bank study, for instance, found that around one-third of the organization's reports had not once been downloaded.