Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


Through interaction with the community and planning officials from the City of Cape Town, we identified key issues with energy services in informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa. Electricity access is insufficient, and heating and cooking methods are expensive and dangerous. We proposed solutions for both immediate improvement and long term redevelopment. These ideas culminated in a proposal for a centralized energy facility, which would provide essential services and products to the community, and serve as a way to introduce alternative energy practices.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs