Dr Collen Zalengera PhD MIET (Head of Department)
Dr Collen Zalengera holds a PhD in Renewable Energy and an Msc (with Distinction) in Renewable Energy Systems Technology obtained from Loughborough University, England (United Kingdom) in 2015 and 2010 respectively. His BSc degree is in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) obtained from the University of Malawi in 2007. He is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing, among others, on diffusion of innovations, sustainable livelihoods, and renewable energy development. Dr Collen Zalengera has played major roles in design and delivery of a number of internationally funded community renewable energy projects in Malawi and Mozambique. In 2011, Dr Collen Zalengera was a team member of the World Engineers’ Convention Young Engineers’ 2nd Prize Winning Project, “Sustainable and Energy Efficient Development in Informal Settlements in Mozambique, presented at the World Engineer’s Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.In the Department of Energy Studies, his teaching and research interest is in Solar Photovoltaics, Wind Power, Environmental Management, Energy Modelling, Energy Systems Integration, and Sustainable Livelihood Approaches. Dr Collen Zalengera also heads the Renewable Energy Innovations Research Group. Before Joining Mzuzu University in 2007, Dr Collen Zalengera had worked in the IT and manufacturing industry
Publications and Conference Presentations
Zalengera, C. (2014) A Study into the Techno-economic Feasibility of Photovoltaic and Wind Generated Electricity for Enhancement of Sustainable Livelihoods on Likoma Island in Malawi (PhD thesis), Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard, R.E.; Eames, P.C. Juma, A.M.; Chitawo, M.L.; Thapasila, K.T. (2014) Overview of the Malawi Energy Situation and a PESTLE Analysis for Sustainable Renewable Energy Development, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews,38, 345-347
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard R. E.; Eames P.C. (2014) Investigating the Feasibility of Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Electricity Integration for Likoma Island in Malawi: Techno-economic Analysis Applying the Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER). Paper presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress, Renewable Energy in Service of Mankind, University of Kingston, London, 3-8 August 2014
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard R. E.; Eames P.C. (2014) Putting the End-user First: Towards Addressing the Contesting Values in Renewable Energy Systems Deployment for Low-income Households - A Case of Likoma Island in Malawi. Paper presented at the 2014 UNESCO Tech4Dev International Conference. What is Essential? EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. 4-6 June 2014. Abstract available from: http://cooperation.epfl.ch/files/content/sites/cooperation/files/Tech4Dev%202014/Tech4Dev%202014_Brochure_16May.pdf. (full paper is being peer-reviewed for a chapter in a book on energy for development to be published by the Springer-Verlag)
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard R.E.; Eames, P.C. (2013). Understanding People’s Purchasing Power for Energy: How Important is it for Development of Renewable Energy Systems for Sustainable livelihoods – The Case of Likoma Island. Poster Presentation at the 3rd Low Carbon Energy Development Network Conference; 24th-25th June 2013. Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom.
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard, R.E.; Eames, P.C. (2012). Sustainable Livelihood Approach to Renewable Energy Technology Development- Experiences from Malawi. Conference Paper Presented at the 2012 Tech4Dev, Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?; 29-31 May 2012, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Zalengera, C. (2012). Delivery Mechanisms for Household-Based Renewable Energy Systems: Experiences from Zatuba in Malawi. Poster Presentation at the 1st Low Carbon Energy Development Network Conference; 4th-5th April 2012. Loughborough University, Loughborough United kingdom. (won a second prize in the poster competition at the conference)
Zalengera, C.; Blanchard R.E.; Eames, P.C. (2012). Leaning the Ladder for Human Socioeconomic Development on Better Walls: Sustainability Options and Opportunities for Developing Countries. Poster Presentation at the 2012 Planet under Pressure Conference: New Knowledge towards Solutions, 26-29 March 2012, ICC Excel Centre, London, United Kingdom.
Leyel, Y.; Slukan, V.; Zalengera, C. et al. (2011). Sustainable and Energy Efficient Development for Informal Settlements in Mozambique. Young Engineers’ Project Conference Paper, 2011 World Engineers’ Convention- Engineers Power the world, 4-9 September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland.(won a second prize in the the category of young engineers' projects)
Zalengera, C. (2011). Community Energy Solutions Examples in Malawi: Renewable Energy as an Option for Rural Electrification. Presentation at the Malawi-Scottish Partnership Energy Conference, 4th April, 2011, Sunbird Capital Hotel, Malawi
Zalengera, C. (2010). Impact of Renewable Energy on Sustainable Livelihood in Malawi, Conference Paper Presented at the COMESA/ SADC Youth Conference on Climate Change, 17th - 19th November 2010, Cresta Hotel, Malawi
Zalengera, C. (2010) Role of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Livelihood: A Case Study for Developing Countries; Malawi in particular, MSc Thesis, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
Zalengera, C. (2010) Sustainable Livelihood Approach in Spearheading Science & Technology and Empowering the Youth, Presentation at the Commonwealth Scholars Science and Technology Network Conference, 11th -14th March 2010 at Cumberland lodge in London, United Kingdom.