Here we are hosting the energy papers. These raise some very interesting and key issues faced by the energy sector and follows on from points raised yesterday about the need for a holistic approach to technology integration.
Chris White highlights some of the key challenges faced by the energy sector currently with the need to not only consider technical limitations but to look at effective marketing strategies, distribution networks and the need for low production costs.
For those interested this Boiling Point article may also be of interest: http://www.hedon.info/MarketingAndBusinessModelsForRapidDevelopmentOff-gridLightingMarketsAfrica
One point I would ask would be related to the enterprise establishment, how do you foresee manufacture of the improved solar lantern? I am aware that solar lanterns which are currently manufactured are put together in country, though they tend to import the actual PV parts. Do you plan to have local manufactures of the lamp or do you think low cost production in for example China would be more effective at keeping costs low and importing the entire product? How do you see this affecting local economies?