ME Scientific Research
Scientific research activities at the intersection of energy and microfinance have always been central to MEI, which was created as a spin-off of the Technical University Berlin. In 2003, MEI initiated the Network of Competency for Energy and Development, in cooperation with the GTZ and the TU Berlin. This was followed by the “MicroEnergy Systems” Postgraduate School within the TU Berlin, which has resulted in 16 PhD projects since 2007, and by the MicroEnergy Research Group in 2011. Strong partnerships with research institutions in Germany and around the world enable MEI to base its work on the latest findings of scientific research and to ensure highest quality management for its services.
- Carbon Finance in the Micro-Energy Sector: Comparing opportunities and threats of CDM and voluntary market approaches in the operational field of microfinance.
- Carbon Finance in the Micro-Energy Sector: A framework analysis for applying the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) to micro-energy sector activities.
- Certifying Microfinanced Solar Home Systems Used for Business Purposes
- Technological challenges of solar home systems during the usage phase
- Development of a web based program for the comparison of end-user energy profiles
- Development of a micro-hydro turbine for Green Wheels Kenya
- Inclusion of CDM Program of Activity in Microfinancing Projects
- Financing small scale solar energy in developing countries
- Technical and economical development of cooking appliances and fuels in Germany
- PhD Project – Development of a certification procedure for energy appliances in the microenergy sector
- Microenergy Project – Research study with a interdisciplinary team on the success factors of the Grameen Energy Program “Grameen Shakti” and development of a replication strategy