Electrification of developing countries, which will account for the largest growth in energy use in coming decades, represents an opportunity to build sustainable distributed power grids along with economic development. At the university level, our motivation is for U.S. and African researchers to collaborate on both STEM education and research to bridge the ever-growing gap between developed and developing countries. We collaborate with universities in east Africa as part of the SciBridge project, which aims to connect African and U.S. scientists and engineers for the development of sustainable energy. Check out our work and more at www.scibridge.org and our article describing the project in Science & Diplomacy.
Undergraduate Physics students in Uganda making and testing a dye-sensitized solar cell kit provided by the SciBridge project (collaboration with UT Austin & UCLA).