The training started that on 18th -22rd July 2016, in the CEDAT Board room was organized by through College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University in collaboration with Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CEDAT/CREEC). The training was under the, lifelong learning on sustainable energy systems within the project, ‘the Learning Network for Sustainable Energy Systems’ (LeNSes) implemented by several partners. The lead of the consortium is Politecnico di Milano, design department in Italy, and other partners include TU Delft in the Netherlands, University of Nairobi in Kenya, Brunnel University in UK, University of Botswana in Botswana and Cape Peninsula University of   technology in South Africa.

The training team was composed of academia and researchers with expertise in renewable energy systems and technologies, business models innovation, design for sustainability and co-design which was designed for the benefit of the private sector. The course targeted companies and practitioners involved in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in Uganda. Participants realized the latest approaches to designing sustainable Product Service System (S.PSS) and business models for Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) systems.

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Some of the participants of the training

The course also offered the participants an opportunity to get an in depth understanding of the most promising sustainable business models for energy access for all, with a particular focus on distributed  renewable energy systems. It was also focused on giving a multidisciplinary knowledge on System Design for Sustainable Energy for All (SD4SEA), introducing design methods and tools to develop and implement sustainable business models for S.PSS applied to DRE systems.

LeNSes is a multi-polar Network for curricula and lifelong learning capacity development focused on System Design for Sustainable Energy for All. It is a 3 year project (Oct 2013 – Oct 2016) funded by the European Commission (ACP-EU Edulink II), involving 3 design schools in Europe and 4 in Africa. LeNSes is an action of human resource and curriculum development, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable of effectively contributing to the transition towards a sustainable energy for all society. LeNSes aims to promote a new shared and articulated disciplinary ground on System Design for Sustainable Energy for all focused on Sustainable Product-Service System (S.PSS) and Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) models, through a series of exchange activities and pilot courses at the partner institutions.

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