2020 GM Panel – Humanitarian Technologies and Projects

Session Title: Humanitarian Technologies and Projects

Time & Date

Session title: Humanitarian Project and Technologies
Session date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Session time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Confirmed Speakers and Topics:

Samuel Vega-Cotto, Indian Health Services: Microgrid Development in Indian Health Facilities
Nirupama Prakash Kumar, HAC Project Chair: IEEE HAC Projects Grant Process
Dr. Henry Louie, Seattle University: Electrification Partnerships: Local Partnerships
Peter Dauenhauer, Snohomish PUD & University of Strathclyde: Sustainability of off-grid electricity access projects in developing countries
Dr. Shaikh Fattah, Professor, Dept. of EEE, BUET: PES Humanitarian Design Challenges and Opportunities


Humanitarian projects are aimed at enabling sustainable solutions to provide impact to development communities. The IEA estimates just under 1 billion without access to electricity and around 2.3 billion without access to clean cooking solutions. Humanitarian Projects can have a transformational impact for a community but pose non-trivial sustainability challenges. Power system technologies, large and small, are often a key component in these solutions. This panel seeks to provide an overview of humanitarian projects and technologies including: the development process, first-hand experiences of successful projects, managing volunteers, design and implementation of sustainable projects, and current opportunities that are available within PES and more broadly.

Note: Please also see the details on the live SESDC Panel on Monitoring and Evaluation of Off-grid Energy Systems in Developing Countries