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Energypedia is a wiki-based platform for collaborative knowledge exchange on renewable energy and energy access issues in the context of development cooperation. Energypedia’s central objective is to …

Energypedia is a wiki-based platform for collaborative knowledge exchange on renewable energy and energy access issues in the context of development cooperation. Energypedia’s central objective is to promote and support the exchange of knowledge by providing links among knowledge bases worldwide and foster collaboration in order to ensure that knowledge gaps are successfully filled by capable organizations and individuals.

The platform www.energypedia.info provides tools for stakeholders engaged in the renewable energy sector to collaborate, create and share knowledge and practical experience. Energypedia currently includes over 1,600 free articles, contributed by the growing community of more than 3,500 registered users. All registered user can easily create new content, contribute to existing articles and share content.

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  • 1. Fungai Cecilia Sandamu
  • 2. 1. About Energypedia
  • 3. • A free information platform on renewable energy & energy efficiency topics in the context of development cooperation. • A Wiki* • Enables many authors to rapidly create content using wiki text • Any registered user can create and revise articles • Connecting knowledge, expertise, communities, cross-cutting initiatives and partner relationships Energypedia users get free access to the following features: • Relevant clean energy information and expertise • Energy portals • Discussions • Internal message board • Groups • Event calendar • Monthly newsletter • Non-profit organisation based in Eschborn, Germany What is Energypedia? *Wiki is a web application which allows users to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
  • 4. Internal Project Wiki • Developed within the Dutch-German energy partnership Energising Development (EnDev), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as an internal tool for knowledge and project management. Birth of energypedia • EnDev wiki relaunched as a separate workspace under the name "energypedia". • energypedia could then be used by all GIZ staff Energypedia goes Public • Public users able to register, read and contribute content energypedia UG Nonprofit Founded • Founded as not-for-profit organization, independent from GIZ in April 2012 Today energypedia counts more than 1,600 articles and more than 3,600 registered users worldwide History 2007 2011 2010 Present 2012
  • 5. Energy poverty and development • 1.3 billion people lack access to any form of electricity and 2.7 billion people still cook over open fires • Securing access to sustainable energy services for developing countries is a significant challenge for sustainable development Energy is an enabler and powers opportunities for environmental, social and economic development First hand knowledge on renewable energy technologies in developing countries often only exists locally or in fragments • Difficult for individuals to access this information • Necessary to facilitate and expand diffusion of theses technologies in developing countries through practical knowledge sharing Why Energy?
  • 6. Vision • A world of borderless and unrestricted knowledge access and exchange on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues, in which all people have access to sustainable energy services. Mission Statement To contribute to addressing the question of how universal access to sustainable energy services for all can be achieved through: • Leveraging Web 2.0 technologies to connect knowledge, expertise, communities, cross-cutting initiatives and strengthen partner relationships to expand the diffusion of energy information • Fostering global collaborative knowledge exchange on renewable energy and energy access issues, and • ​Creating the right environment and providing useful tools for stakeholders engaged in the energy sector to collaborate and share knowledge and practical experience. Our Approach – Making Knowledge Available
  • 7. •Free clean energy information to use and share •Participation open to all •Open source technology •Community written and curated work •Relevant, accurate and verifiable information •Foster innovation •Diversity is valued •Remain independent Our Values
  • 8. Funding: • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) • Energypedia Consult We work in partnership with: • Dutch-German Partnership Energising Development (EnDev) • GIZ Poverty-oriented Basic Energy Services (HERA) • GIZ Technology Cooperation in the Energy Sector on behalf of BMZ • GIZ Energy Policy in Development Cooperation on behalf of BMZ • Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) • International Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP) • World Bank Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Resource Centre for Contracts, Laws and Regulation (PPPIRC) • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) • Leonardo ENERGY (LE) • Microenergy Systems Research Group at the Technical University of Berlin (MES) • Open Energy Information (OpenEI) • Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) • University of Hohenheim Institute of Agricultural Engineering • Universidade Pedagógica Mozambique Donors & Partners
  • 9. 2. The Wiki
  • 10. Web 2.0: • Users are not passive consumers • Users create, edit and share content • Direct user interaction Open source software as its engine • MediaWiki • Semantic MediaWiki extension to ease and combine collaborative authoring with semantic technology How energypedia Works
  • 11. Connects Content • Collecting & storing knowledge • Publishing knowledge • Accessing knowledge How energypedia Works
  • 12. Connects Content • Collecting & storing knowledge • Publishing knowledge • Accessing knowledge Connects People • Groups • Discussions • Message boards How energypedia Works
  • 13. Connects Content • Collecting & storing knowledge • Publishing content • Accessing content Connects People • Groups • Discussions • Message Boards Knowledge communities How energypedia Works
  • 14. 3. Growth & Targets
  • 15. Key Facts 16 286 Pages 1 636 Articles 4 196 Media 3 621 Registered Users 50 Active Users 2 000 Edits per Month 20 000 Readers per Month 0 Cost to Use FREE
  • 16. Reach Energypedia Penetration (Internet Users) Realize a strong and steady growth in readership.
  • 17. Content & Quality Wind Solar Bioenergy Improved Cooking Hydro Grid Impacts Financing & Funding Productive Use Biogas Country Energy Situation Biofuel Mobility Powering Agriculture Solid Biomass RE Project Resource Centre Fuel Prices Database Cooking Energy Compendium Pico PV Database Increase the number of articles Ensure information is relevant, accurate and of high quality Encourage global participation via partnerships
  • 18. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 1 501 1001 1501 2001 2501 3001 3501 4001 4501 Energypedia Community Participation Content Pages Files Registered Users Active Users Community Participation * Active users are those who make more than five edits per month. Build a healthy, global community Increase and strengthen the diversity of the editing community
  • 19. Technological Innovation • Continue to develop and improve the technological and operating platform • Ensure the infrastructure is secure and stable, to guarantee permanent availability • Activate creative collaboration and practical knowledge sharing to spark innovation and opportunities that advance the cause of access to sustainable energy for all Foster technical and social innovations
  • 20. Explore, learn and contribute! Together we can all achieve more. • Find like-minded professionals who share our vision of universal energy access and who are willing to make their knowledge publicly available. Get Involved • Engage in discussions and thematic groups with our growing community of practitioners, experts and other interested stakeholders. • Become a member of an energypedia group that interests you. • Join us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to ask questions or help someone else. • Donate
  • 21. Thank you.
  • 22. Contact: Fungai Cecilia Sandamu (Energy & Development Consultant) gemeinnützige energypedia UG (haftungsbeschränkt) Ludwig-Erhard-Str. 30-34 65760 Eschborn T: +49 (0) 6196 / 2029722 E: info@energypedia.info Registergericht: Frankfurt am Main Eintragungs-Nr. HRB 96064 Sitz: Ludwig-Erhard-Str. 30-34, 65760 Eschborn Geschäftsführung: Robert Heine