Sustainable Development in Rural Areas Using Cleaner energy resources for Economic Social and Environmental Benefits

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Prof. Ravi Samikannu, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana. E-Mail:

Dr. Yuvaraja Teekaraman, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Email:

Dr. Albert Alexander Stonier, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, India. Email:


The Special Issue proposes Sustainable Development in Rural Areas Using Cleaner energy resources for Economic Social and Environmental Benefits. In rural areas, people rely on biomass and primarily depend on charcoal, agricultural waste, fuelwood and animal waste to meet their energy needs. Biomass energy accounts for 35% of primary energy consumption in developing countries. The usage of coal and other non-renewable energy resources lead to hazardous smoke, CO, HC and particulates adding more to the pollution problems. As the energy demand increases day by day with the rising population, the need for cleaner energy production and technology is in huge demand. This provides ample opportunity for conducting further research in the fields of biomass, solar and other renewable energy technologies thereby ensuring energy security. The sparsely populated rural areas provide a great opportunity for testing these technologies while not only ensuring energy but also improve sustainable livelihood in various areas. Distributed generation can help the rural people to upgrade their economic and social status. 

The special issue covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to:

• Advanced and cleaner energy technologies
• Energy integration
• Changing patterns of production and consumption
• Cross cutting energy issues
• Case Studies for rural development in rural areas
• Rural sustainability study
• Solar Photo Voltaic Systems 
• Geothermal energy applications 
• Energy efficiency and economics
• Bio energy system modelling 
• Hydrogen energy
• Wind energy systems 
• Micro grids and optimal management 
• Energy storage 


Cleaner Energy, Rural Electrification, Energy Access, Off-grid, Mini grid, Capacity Development

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