Sustainable management of energy to improve quality of life in developing countries

Background to the project

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by 2030 goal has high relevance to developing countries as nearly 1 billion people lack access to adequate and affordable energy in these countries.

Electrifying such a large population while mitigating emissions from energy production is a dual imperative the world faces today.

Off-grid renewable energy services, especially mini-grids, have the potential to uplift the quality of life and increase economic opportunities for rural communities where the access problem is increasingly concentrated. There are many factors involved in making mini-grids achieve long-term sustainability such as cost-effective planning, regulatory frameworks for tariff plans, design tailored to the community needs, the optimum configuration of the generation system, timely operations and maintenance, etc.

The project

In this project, first, we are modelling mini-grid planning, operations, and maintenance from the demand-side approach. We focus on a bottom-up method to estimate the energy demand from the community, and how energy demand evolves over time.

Further, we will optimize renewable energy generation and storage configurations, primarily PV and battery, to aid the future-proof design of a mini-grid.

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Dr. Milijana Odavic

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering