This special session is centred around the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) activities in the field of Energy Access and the technology gaps and opportunities in the field of Energy Access. A new PELS initiative, Global Energy Access Forum (GEAF), has been formed to bring together a diverse group of energy access stakeholders, including governments, industry, academia, financial institutions, NGOs and end-users, to create alignment in goals, metrics, strategy and approach to achieve the objective of universal access to abundant and sustainable energy for all by 2030. GEAF will enable partnering with other IEEE societies and initiatives, NGOs, government organizations, universities, and private industry. This Global Energy Access Forum is the home of IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL), a recurring global competition to help create an ecosystem of technologists and entrepreneurs who develop, demonstrate, derisk and deploy new energy access solutions that are holistic, economically viable and can scale rapidly in the target market segments.

The session will further put a spotlight on IEEE Empower a Billion Lives as an IEEE PELS flagship initiative that started in 2018, will run the second round in 2021-2022 and will continue in the years to come. Including the comprehensive review of the criteria for establishing an EBL team and competition in this global competition.

Agenda EPE ’21 ECCE

IEEE Power Electronics Society Introduction of the Global Energy Access Forum, Energy Access and Off-Grid Technical Committee and an in-depth presentation of the scope and requirements for the Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) Global Competition to Crowdsource Energy Access Solutions.

4:10 pm to 5:30 pm CET.


Introduction: Sanjib Kumar Panda – Introduction to the Presentation and Technical Committee

Panel Moderator: Deepak Divan – Introduction to the Global Energy Access Forum and EBL competition rules and overview.

Panelists: Jelena Popovic, Issa Batarseh, Sanjib Kumar Panda


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