What’s the largest thing ever built by humans? It isn’t the internet, it is the electric grid. Still 20% of the world has no access to electricity. Tackling this issue in an integrated approach can have profound educational benefits at home and abroad by training local solar engineers and pairing access to power with schools.
Dr. Avnaesh Jayantilal joined Alstom Grid in 1999, and is currently Activity Director assisting electric utilities in enhancing grid operations and resiliency, business process optimization and customer satisfaction. More recently Dr. Jayantilal has supported the deployment of Microgrid projects for rural electrification in Africa. Dr Jayantilal received his Masters and PhD degrees in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UMIST. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society PES, and a Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC.
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Good work, however, please note that Africa's population is over a billion nowadays and that by 2050 the expected global population will be 9 billion.17/11/2015