Khadijah Mohammed addresses energy poverty within a rural community inSub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria, through Human Centred Design.
02 October 2023
Rural communities within Sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from the lack of grid systems that provide them with electricity ‘energy poor communities’ will benefit from ‘Infinity’, an innovative solar powered lamp which provides light to small communal spaces.
The project utilizes the core principles of human-centred design by ensuring the needs of the end user was taken into consideration throughout the design process. The ultimate goal is to address energy poverty through educating users on the benefits of sustainable energy systems.
The product was designed through a process of research, co-design, and testing, by the designer in close collaboration with a rural community in Nigeria. “During the research phase, I consulted a rural community within my country, Nigeria about their current energy condition in order to understand their needs, and their knowledge of ways sustainable electricity can benefit them” said Khadijah, a product design graduate from Nottingham Trent University.
“Infinity has a strong focus on sustainability, both environmentally and economically. The solar system design and components used were selected to minimise environmental impact, by creating a long-term sustainable system using local materials to ultimately provide employment opportunities and transfer of technical skills to the community.”
Amin Al-habaibeh, professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, said “Khadijah has presented excellent knowledge and understanding of a solar system design through ‘infinity’ which can address energy poverty within Sub-Saharan Africa”.
“Her design demonstrates a high level of theoretical research in both primary and secondary research, and how sustainable energy solutions can be integrated into simple yet innovative product design.”
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