Research and Studies

TaTEDO has undertaken different research and studies some of them are described hereunder:

  1. Energy Audit for Solar PV and Hydro Mini-Grids (Case of Leganga and Lumama)

TaTEDO is engaged in promoting electrification by renewable energy mini grids (MGs).  Recently, TaTEDO has launched a project titled Awareness Raising Information Campaigns for Scaling-up Rural Electrification from Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Tanzania. One of the activities of the project is to conduct energy audit from electricity generation, distribution and use. The energy audit aims at assessing performance of the mini grids and in relation to the existing loads and load profile. It will assist in ensuring their performance and contribution to the intended electrification.

This work was carried out into two main phases. The first phase was a walkthrough audit that involved collection of information and technical data, which was necessary for undertaking the detailed study. The second phase involved undertaking of a detailed study to specific areas identified in the first walkthrough phase. The study findings draw three categories of recommendations on energy conservation opportunities, mini grid developers and on policy related issues.

  1. "Accelerating Mini-grid Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Tanzania"

Rural electrification is a key component of the government’s plan to make Tanzania a middle-income country by 2025. Tanzania estimates that about half its rural population may be served more cost-effectively by decentralized options than by centralized grid expansion.

new study from Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO) and WRI examines Tanzania’s mini-grid experience and proposes five key action areas that energy practitioners across the continent can focus on to accelerate the deployment of this electrification option in their countries.

  1. Global Bio-Pact Research Project

Development and harmonization of global sustainability certification systems for biomass production, conversion systems and trade in order to prevent negative socio-economic impacts.

  1. Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agrop-Forest Systems for Arid and Semi-Arid Areas(COMPETE).

To dientify pathways for the provison of bio-energy, which improve quality of life or rural population. The project also enhaced the equitable exchange of knowledge between EU and developing countries.

  1. Liquid Biofuels for Transportation in Tanzania(2005)

The successful growth of African economies hinges on their modern energy, of which liquid fuel plays an important role.  Sharp fluctuations in oil prices have development plans in Africa and forced many countries to review their development and services project, their overall expenditure and their external trade relations.

The study was conducted  to support efforts of Tanzanian  Government  about  alternatives  to  oil  and  during  discussions  with  several  high-level  representatives  of  Government  Ministries  it  became  very clear that Tanzanian policy-makers are well aware of the large variety of benefits offered by displacing gasoline and diesel fuels with liquid biofuels for transport. The study was commissioned by GTZ and undertaken by TaTEDO in collaboration with WIP of Germany and Temba Technology of UK. 

  1. Improvement of Production and management Process of Metal-ceramic Charcoal Stoves in Dar es Salaam, 2001: This report is about improved production and management processes for metal-ceramic charcoal stoves in Dar es Salaam. The study intends to assess the opportunities to solve the management and production bottlenecks facing producers of improved stoves in Dar es Salaam.
  1. Knowledge Network on Sustainable household energy in Southern and Eastern Africa (SPARKNET)

Sparknet was an interdisciplinary knowledge network focusing on energy for low-income households in Southern and East Africa.  The aim of the network was to exchange and share knowledge and information on modern energy technologies and services regions of southern and eastern African countries.

  1. Study on Environmental Effects Associated with Energy Production and Use, 2005. The study aimed at assessing health effects, socio-economic and environment effects associated with different types of energy production and use chains. The study will provide a clear picture on the environmental impacts related to energy production, supply and use in Tanzania and will propose appropriate interventions.
  1. Rapid Feasibility Study on Social, Cultural, Institutional and Technical Information on Production and Utilization of Biomass Fuels in Four Villages in Ikwiriri Township, Rufiji, 2001: This Rapid Feasibility Study was conducted in four villages, Mgomba Kaskazini, Mgomba Kati, Ikwiriri Kaskazini and Umwe Kusini in Ikwiriri Division, Rufiji District-Coast Region. The objectives of this study were to: Identify suitable or appropriate efficient woodfuels production and utilization technologies; asses market potentials and production resources; establish willingness of the communities to participate in the project; and identify social and cultural aspects related to woodfuel utilization.
  • Charcoal Industry in Tanzania: The study analyses charcoal industry in Tanzania by assessing energy related policies, techniques of harvesting trees, methods used for charcoal production, marketing and its relation to environment. Other areas like gender and poverty reduction are also considered in this study.
  1. Solar PV Awareness Raising and Human Resource Development Study, 2001: The report is a result of the study on "Removing Barriers to the Transformation of the Rural PV Market in Tanzania" have been carried out in Mwanza and Dar es Salaam under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The central thesis of the study focused on identifying barriers that hinder adoption of solar PV technology in Mwanza Region with an ultimate goal of transforming the rural solar PV market in Tanzania.
  1. Sub-sector review on Renewable and Rural Energy in Tanzania, 1999: This document consists of a review on the renewable and rural energy sub-sector. The result shows a picture of the Tanzanian renewable and rural energy sub-sectors as diverse and consist of a number of different actors and stakeholders.
  1. Tanzania Rural Energy Study (1998)

The study was carried out jointly by Hifab International (Stockholm) and Tanzania Traditional Energy and Environment Development Organization (TaTEDO, Dar es Salaam). The overall objective of the study was to identify projects that could improve the energy situation for rural people. In addition the proposed projects should be environmentally benign, gender sensitive and address the situation of the poor. The aim of the Rural Energy Study was to provide background information for formulation of project proposals to improve energy services for people in rural Tanzania in a sustainable way.