System Design for Sustainable Energy for all. A new challenging role for design to foster sustainable development

  • Carlo Vezzoli Politecnico di Milano
  • Emanuela Delfino Politecnico di Milano
  • Lorraine Amollo Ambole University of Nairobi
Emneord (Nøkkelord): Product-Service System, design for sustainability, Distributed Renewable Energy, energy for all, low and middle-income contexts.

Sammendrag

This paper argues that Product-Service System Design for Sustainability applied to Distributed Renewable Energy DRE) is a promising approach to help achieve the goal of “Sustainable energy for all” (United Nation). Firstly, two understandings are presented: 1) Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) is a key leverage for sustainable development and; 2) Product-Service System (PSS) is a promising model for sustainable development. Based on those understandings two consequent research hypotheses are presented: 1) S.PSS is a promising model for DRE and is particularly relevant for the distributed and informal economies in low-middle income (all) contexts; 2) (Product-Service) System Design for Sustainable energy for all is a new challenging role for design. The recently awarded LeNSes (Learning Network on Sustainable energy system) EU project (bi-regional with Africa) is based on these hypotheses and it is introduced in terms of its aims and expected results, i.e. to deepen and diffuse the knowledge-base and know-how of system design for sustainable energy for all. Finally, two best practices of DRE-based S.PSS are described, one is the recently awarded (2014 International Ashden) project ‘M-POWER Off-grid electric services in Arusha, Tanzania’ and the second is the pilot implementation of the ‘Sunride sustainable mobility system in Cape Town’.

Forfatterbiografier

Carlo Vezzoli, Politecnico di Milano

Head of Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS)

Politecnico di Milano

Department of Design

School of Design

Promoter and international coordinator of LeNS, the Learning Network on Sustainability

Emanuela Delfino, Politecnico di Milano

Research Fellow

Politecnico di Milano

Department of Design

School of Design

 

 

Lorraine Amollo Ambole, University of Nairobi

Tutorial Fellow

University of Nairobi

School of Arts and Design

 

Publisert
2014-12-16
Hvordan referere
Vezzoli, C., Delfino, E., & Ambole, L. (2014). System Design for Sustainable Energy for all. A new challenging role for design to foster sustainable development. Form Akademisk - Forskningstidsskrift for Design Og Designdidaktikk, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.791