Frugal energy innovations for developing countries - a framework

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School of Science | A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2016
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en
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11
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Global Challenges
Abstract
Frugal innovations have recently emerged to feature low-cost technologies and busi-ness innovations to serve consumers in emerging markets and improve their qualityof life. Although the concept of frugality is well known, the present literature on frugalenergy innovations, or energy frugality, is scarce, which could lead to overlooking itstrue characteristics. Therefore, we propose a framework for defining energy frugalitybased on a detailed analysis of several low-cost sustainable energy technologies. Thefive-criteria assessment method developed will help to identify potential frugal energyinnovations and will increase the adoption of these technologies through bettermatching to local needs. Fuel-efficient biomass cooking stoves, small-scale photovol-taic systems, and pico-grids are examples of such frugal energy technologies.
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Frugality, energy frugality, sustainable energy, frugal innovations, resource-scarcity, renewable energy, developing countries
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Numminen, Sini & Lund, Peter D. 2016. Frugal energy innovations for developing countries - a framework. Global Challenges. 11. DOI: 10.1002/gch2.1012.