D-Lab

As developing countries grow and expand, low-cost, clean energy technologies in these countries are vital in increasing quality of life and to improve public health. Over 1 billion people suffer from adverse health effects from burning resource-intense energy sources for lighting and cooking. The UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies addresses energy security, environmental degradation, and public health concerns through sustainable engineering efforts.

D-Lab offers a three courses bringing students from different academic backgrounds together to work towards a solution in four different areas:

  • Off-grid lighting and micro-power
  • Agriculture (pumping, irrigation, post-harvest)
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency

Students gain a greater understanding of the global challenges that will need to be solved.

Recent D-Lab Projects

Bike-source Cultivator (Zambia)

Emergency Transport (Madgascar)

Robust Gearbox for Underwater Dam-Free Hydrokinetic Turbine (Zambia)

To see a complete list of all past projects, please visit our Project Archive.