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Brunel University Partner Spotlights IMPHORAA at SESTEF 2023

Wed, 20 December, 2023

Dr Sadik Omairey, a distinguished member of the IMPHORAA project's consortium from Brunel University, took centre stage at the 2023 International Conference on Sustainability, Environment, and Social Transition in Economics and Finance (SESTEF 2023). This global conference, provided a platform for experts and innovators to share insights on sustainable practices and social transitions in the realms of economics and finance.

Sadik's presentation illuminated the IMPHORAA project's efforts in bringing sustainable energy solutions to off-grid rural villages. The consortium is committed to its mission for solar electrification for these communities, fostering economic development, and contributing to a sustainable future. Brunel University's active role in the consortium has enriched the project with academic expertise and research prowess.

The presentation delved into the intricacies of energy poverty and how the IMPHORAA initiative is addressing it. Particular focus was given on the benefits of nano-grids, the installation of solar-powered freezers and water pumping and the novel organisation model by Nanoe that is encouraging local entrepreneurship in off-grid villages. This endeavour not only empowers local communities but also addresses the critical challenge of the long term viability of electrification solutions that are transferred from the western world to developing countries.

Sadik's insights resonated strongly with the conference attendees, comprised of thought leaders, academics, and professionals from various disciplines. The IMPHORAA project's innovative approach to combining renewable energy solutions with community engagement meets SESTEF 2023’s aim of providing a platform to address critical global challenges and explore solutions for a more sustainable future.

Dr Sadik Omairey’s contribution, representing Brunel University, articulated the project's successes, challenges, and the transformative impact it seeks to make in the communities it serves. The IMPHORAA consortium's commitment to finding sustainable solutions, underscores the importance of academia-industry collaboration in addressing pressing global challenges and contributing to lasting positive change.

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This project is supported by Innovate UKs Energy Catalyst Programme (funding by the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office through their Transforming Energy Access Programme) and UK aid and was awarded as a “subsidy” under the UK International Obligations for Subsidy Control and delivered under Grant 90935 from Innovate UK