OASYS South Asia Project
OASYS is a EPSRC/ DfID funded collaborative research project focusing on decentralized off-grid electricity generation in Developing countries: Business Models for off-grid electricity supply (EP/G063826/2). Our aim is to identify solutions that are techno-econominally viable, institutionally feasible, socio-politically acceptable and environmentally sound.
A research consortium led by the De Montfort University is undertaking research in decentralised off-grid electricity generation in South Asia. The consortium has received funding for a five year project that aims to develop innovative and participatory business models for decentralised off-grid electricity supply in South Asia to alleviate the energy access problem of the region.
The problem of energy access requires identifying solutions that are techno-economically viable, institutionally feasible, socio-politically acceptable and environmentally sound. Given that institutional issues and development of viable business models for rural electricity and energy supply have received less attention, and because appropriate local solutions have to be found instead of universal or global solutions to the problem, a systematic analysis and research is required. The local solution could also have scale-up potentials so that they can be replicated to bring them to the mainstream.
This research project is investigating a suite of alternative decentralised business solutions and corresponding institutional frameworks for electricity and rural energy supply with a specific focus on South Asia through case studies, demonstration projects and applied academic research involving UK universities, South Asian universities, research institutes, think tanks, and other stakeholders as appropriate.