Multi-stakeholder workshop on LVDC Microgrids for enabling Electricity Access in Developing Countries (preparation for potential GCRF bid)

Abdullah Emhemed (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

The project conducted a three day in person multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder workshop. The workshop was organised to facilitate rich and detailed discussion on the challenges and targeted breakthroughs of a potential LVDC microgrids for electricity access in developing countries. This discussion was on the challenges facing: LVDC microgrid architectures appraisal and development of power management strategies; safety and protection solutions; societal needs and impact potential and appropriate delivery models for the development of LVDC microgrids in developing countries.
The workshop was held at the University of Strathclyde 19th-20th February 2018. It was attended by four UK partners and four international partners from four ODA listed countries. The partners from UK included University of Strathclyde, University of Loughborough, Open University and Aston University. From ODA countries, the participants involved VIT University (India), United International University (Bangladesh), Strathmore University (Kenya), and Meshpower Ltd (Rwanda).
Workshop main objectives:
1) To facilitate detailed discussion and understanding of the state of the art and the barriers to DC microgrids for electricity access
2) To identify potential project proposal objectives (around EPSRC programmes or similar) and create a proposal development plan
3) To understand the partners capabilities and constraints (in research and facilities), and determine the best use of these
4) To discuss other funding routes which could potentially be leveraged during the project phase to support prototyping
5) To facilitate knowledge exchange and information gathering on country specific challenges and context
6) To discuss how the consortium will engage with other external organisations such as standards bodies, and industrial stakeholders, and policy makers.
Period19 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
Event typeConference
LocationGLASGOW, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational