Jennifer O’Rourke


If rural communities in the Global South are to successfully adopt renewable energy, the associated technologies need to be integrated appropriately into everyday life.

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Renew is a renewable energy exchange that enables members of a future community in Malawi to better value and share energy with each other. Individuals can see how much energy they are using on their own domestic energy meter. The meter is linked to a home energy vane located on the outside of their property. This vane has variable speed patterns that indicate that the household may have excess energy to trade with another user for services or resources. Renew therefore acts as a new form of currency, encouraging more sustainable attitudes towards energy usage and promoting the self-sustaining exchange of resources within the community.