The UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies (PIET) has
developed D-Lab to engage students in finding solutions to energy issues
in developing countries. D-Lab focuses on innovative technologies and
business models that can allow people at the “bottom of the pyramid” to
save or earn more money. Multidisciplinary faculty and student teams
work with community partners to understand specific technical, social,
environmental, and economic issues.
In collaboration with the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office, D-Lab offers a course titled, “A Path to Zero Net Energy: A Hands-on Approach”. The multi-disciplinary course centers around educating and engaging students in energy use, demand, energy efficiency, social, and political challenges. Students work in groups solving energy issues in the UC Davis community and present their results at the end of the quarter.
Implementation of a Forage Chopper for Silage Production in Sabana Grande (Nicaragua)
After the team’s initial investigation into the client’s problem during D-Lab I, the team in D-Lab II designed a forage chopper that alleviates malnutrition of small farmers’ cattle.The chopper meets the client’s requirements for high quality, low cost, throughput, and manufacturability.
Emergency Transport (Madagascar)
Lalana, a non profit organization in Madgascar, reached out to D-Lab for assistance with an improved stretcher design. The D-Lab team focused on designing astretcher that was easily maneuverable and featured robust wheels for less than idealroad conditions. The improved stretcher will be replacing thirty Swiss Army stretchers donated a few years prior.