Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply

April 23 to 25, 2015 - Bangalore, India

The Microenergy Systems Research Group at the Technische Universität Berlin, the BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore and the Berkeley Rural Energy Group at UC Berkeley, California, invite you to Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply, an interdisciplinary and interactive forum for academics and experts to discuss latest research and current trends in the field of decentralized energy supply.

Program & Topics

Technology and Services

  • Innovation processes in decentralized energy services
  • High efficiency energy appliances
  • The last mile challenge: Innovative delivery channels for underserved communities
  • Improved technological performance of key components


  • Greenfield/Brownfield minigrids
  • Smart grid energy access
  • Management and payment models
  • DC Nano- and Microgrids

Implementation & Business Models

  • Innovative approaches for implementing microenergy systems
  • Business and delivery as microfinancing models
  • Significance of microenergy systems for added value chains and the “green economy”
  • Service Design & the Energy Sector – Applications in emerging markets

ICT and Energy

  • Innovative approaches for applying ICT to energy systems
  • Big data and energy
  • Pay-­As‐You-‐Go (PAYG) and other ICT‐enabled distribution innovations


  • Early stage finance innovation for SMEs
  • Energy-related financial and technical assistance lines for financial institutions
  • Carbon finance and other underutilized sources of capital
  • Consumer finance innovation
  • Innovative Finance Schemes

Planning and Governance

  • Policy frameworks for energy access
  • Local, national and international governance processes fostering decentralized energy supply
  • Pathways for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4A)
  • Political economy of distributed electricity generation
  • Decentralization and the legacy of centralized infrastructures
  • Regionalization and cross-border collaboration

Evaluation and Assessment

  • Multi-tier frameworks for measuring energy access
  • User experience & acceptance
  • Energy and its impact on development
  • Decarbonization strategies for the Global South
  • Assessment of environmental impacts

Practitioners Track (Case studies and business models, including:)

  • Linking Energy Access and Development
  • Business Models for Minigrids
  • Community Engagement

Confirmed Speakers

The following speakers are already confirmed:

Rajendra K. Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in April 2002 and reelected by acclamation in 2008. Dr. Pachauri is also head of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), which he joined in 1982, first as Director and, since April 2001, as Director-General. An economist and industrial engineer by training, Dr. Pachauri has been actively involved with energy and climate issues for nearly 40 years.

Daniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and is Professor of Energy and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).