The aim of this multi-disciplinary project is to support rural development by improving the technical and social feasibility of mini-grids for renewable energy. A hybrid PV-Diesel system at the Ihushi Development Centre near Mwanza, Tanzania, will be particularly in focus.
Mini-grids can supply important sites for rural development (such as larger schools, community centres and small businesses) with reliable and environmentally clean electricity. A successful replacement of diesel generators with mini-grids mainly based on solar and wind power requires appropriate technical and social system solutions. Native perspectives on how a mini-grid may improve living conditions among women and men in poor areas are studied. Feasible solutions for long-term financing and management are suggested. Simplified design and decreasing costs as well as increasing reliability and system performance are developed. Main methods are computer simulations, field measurements and interviews.
The main part of the research will be carried out by doctorate student Caroline Nielsen. Other participants are Frank Fiedler (doctor in technology) and Annette Henning (associate professor in Social Anthropology), who is also the project leader. The project is financed by SIDA. The project period is 1/1 2011 to 31/12 2013.
mini-grid, hybridsystem, solel, tvärvetenskap, Tanzania, mini-grid, solar electricity, feasibility, Tanzania
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