The Role of Renewable Energy Technology in Holistic Community Development

  • Alexander Zahnd

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This thesis documents almost twenty years of the author’s work on the development and implementation of a new approach to holistic community development in remote and disadvantaged villages in Nepal. It describes the theoretical basis of the work, the main research activities, and the practical outcomes of the implemented programs. One of the fundamental cornerstones of holistic community development is the provision of appropriate and sustainable solutions for the long-term development of local communities. This requires that people’s own identified needs be recognized and addressed in partnership with them in holistic ways. The author explains the many synergies that result from this holistic approach to community development. Another cornerstone of his approach is to utilise the communities’ locally available renewable resources for long-term sustainable development. One of the key findings of the thesis is that improved access to energy services, such as cooking with a smokeless metal stove in a clean indoor environment, basic indoor lighting, and increased food production and safe food storage (through a greenhouse and a solar drier respectively), need to be at the very heart of any long-term holistic community development project. The thesis demonstrates that tapping into locally available renewable energy resources and converting them, through contextualized and locally manufactured renewable energy technologies, has a central role in long-term holistic community development programs. Such programs are successful because they provide both appropriate technologies and life-changing experiences for the local users involved.


Contextualised Renewable Energy Technologies Empowering Remote Himalayan Communities Family of 4 PLUS High-altitude Greenhouse High-altitude Solar Water Heater Long-term Holistic Community Development NGO RIDS-Nepal Power/Energy Generation in Mountain Communities Smokeless Metal Stove Sustainable Community Development

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander Zahnd
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  1. 1.Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03988-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03989-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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