The production and use of energy have far-reaching implications for human health, economic opportunity, and the livability of the planet. With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and even more without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time.
The Energy Access Project at Duke University takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, modern energy solutions around the world. Established in 2017, the project supports foundational research and fosters constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to identify ways of applying that research. It engages students, locally and globally, in finding innovative approaches to accelerate clean energy deployment in emerging markets. It’s supporting the development of new, disruptive tools, such as the means to evaluate electricity access through machine learning techniques applied to aerial imagery data.
The Energy Access Project is a partnership among several Duke entities: Bass Connections, Duke University Energy Initiative, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Sanford School of Public Policy.