Eric Verploegen

Eric joined D-Lab in 2014 to expand D-Lab's research efforts in the areas of food water and energy. Currently his two main areas of work are related to evaporative cooling for vegetable preservation and D-Lab's Energy Needs Assessment Toolkit, supporting organizations to identify the most pressing energy needs in the communities where they work. Prior to D-Lab, Eric worked on developing materials for solar cells and waste remediation systems for the oil and gas industry. He is passionate about helping organizations based in off-grid regions identify technologies, products, and distribution strategies to increase energy access in their communities. He has a background in materials science and received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Technology from MIT in 2008.

Eric Verploegen

Affordable and Scalable: Evaporative Cooling Can Fight Food Loss – Time for Communities and the Development Sector to Embrace It

January 15, 2019

Food loss due to lack of effective storage is a global problem. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, approximately 23 percent...

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Eric Verploegen

Advancing Research on Technology for Poverty Alleviation: How E4C Learns from Academic Institutions Worldwide

December 11, 2018

Worldwide, researchers investigate solutions to solve our world’s greatest concerns, such as access to clean water, food security, and...

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Eric Verploegen

What Is Impeding the Growth of Improved Cookstove Companies? [A Research Brief]

December 18, 2017

Billions of people around the globe use solid biomass to fuel their daily cooking needs. Most traditional cooking practices,...

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Eric Verploegen

A Toolkit to Identify Sustainable, Market-Based Energy Solutions in Off-Grid Areas

July 26, 2017

A new package of data-collection and decision-making tools helps communities with poor energy access make informed decisions about how...

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Eric Verploegen

Assessment of the Use and Barriers of Evaporative Cooling Technologies by Small Holder Farmers in Kenya

January 20, 2020

This report is available for full download to pdf. Executive Summary The project report addresses the awareness, use, and...

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