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CELRE– Curricula Development for Efficient Lighting and Renewable Energy Technology



About 50% of the population of Nepal has access to electricity. However, the electricity consumers in Nepal do not have the privilege of continuous electricity supply. Due to power shortage, grid connected population faces load shedding ranging from 2 hours per day in rainy season up to 16 hours per day in dry season. In Ethiopia, electricity is currently available to about 47% of the population, majority of which centred on the urban areas. In the electrified places, the current generation capacity has been insufficient to meet the increasing demand resulting into regular load shedding. In both of these countries the demand of electricity is growing in fast pace but the supply has not been able to catch up with the pace of demand.

Lighting is the major consumer of electricity in developing countries like Nepal and Ethiopia. In the un-electrified rural villages, traditional biomass and commercial petroleum fuel is used to provide minimal lighting in the homes. Application of renewable energy and adoption of energy-efficient lighting products and systems could reduce the increasing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. Nepal and Ethiopia have large potential of renewable energy and energy saving by applying energy efficient techniques. There is a growing need of technical expertise and experience to convert that potential into reality. Current engineering curricula in universities and colleges in the target countries do not fully cover efficient lighting and renewable energy. Effective lighting education is needed for both the university students and industrial personnel in order to effectively implement strategies to save energy, utilize renewable energy, and reduce its emission of greenhouse gases..