Newton Fund Capacity Building Project (Energy Efficiency & Energy Access)

The Newton Fund project between the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) of the University of Southampton and the Center for Research in Energy Systems and Technologies (CREST) of the University of San Carlos aims to support capacity building of CREST.  It covers two areas indicated below in electrification for low-carbon energy transitioning in the Philippines. Tailored training packages were developed and delivered by SERG addressing energy efficiency and energy access elements of the  project in the following areas.

  • Energy efficiency in buildings, & buildings as power generator, and
  • Energy access (rural electrification).

SERG team provides expert advice and training for research and development and lead on the capacity building angles in the two areas mentioned above for Philippines Low-carbon Energy Transitioning. Training modules and course contents are developed around the anticipated objectives and outcomes of the project, which are:


  • Address energy efficiency (EE) in buildings through refurbishment covering current building stock. Tools to develop capacity to be established and USC campus to be used as a case study.
  • Consider approaches for buildings as power generators to contribute to the grid and to the shaving of peak air conditioning loads.
  • Assess applicability and cohort capacity.
  • Map renewable energy sources for rural electrification.
  • Develop a case study for energy access in islands and assess energy requirement as an approach for design and training.


  • Develop training packages to address the objectives above and anticipate that up to 30 Filipino researchers will benefit from these packages.
  • Scoping of a pilot research with in two different buildings at USC. This provides a roadmap to achieve EE. Consider future development of these buildings as a living lab to measure consumption and understand user behaviour impact. 
  • As an outcome of design consideration and site visits, scoping of two projects to provide energy access to poor rural communities. 
  • At least three reports to signify outcomes of the energy efficiency in buildings, energy generation from buildings and modelling of renewable energy system for rural communities.
  • Co-create with stakeholders the scope of a research programme(s) around above themes that can be put forward for funding
  • Workshops to disseminate outcomes to stakeholders.

For more information about this project please click here..

posted on: 19.08.2019 | by: serg | categorie(s): Research projects