A simulation-based evaluation of the benefits and barriers to interconnected solar home systems in East Africa

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Abstract

This paper outlines the relative advantages and disadvantages of interconnecting Solar Home Systems (SHSs) to form micro-grids. Real world remote monitoring data from a number of SHSs operated by BBOXX in Rwanda is analyzed and it is shown that significant demand diversity and differing patterns of energy use exist in SHSs. Significant variation in daily demand, is demonstrated for identical SHSs from 0-10 Wh/day up to 110 Wh/day. Around 65% of generated energy is currently unused and could be utilised to connect new customers and increase the demand of existing customers if systems were interconnected.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Nov 2018
EventIEEE PES Power Africa Conference 2018 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 26 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

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ConferenceIEEE PES Power Africa Conference 2018
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period26/06/1829/06/18

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Keywords

  • mini-grids
  • micro-grid
  • interconnection
  • solar home system

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A simulation-based evaluation of the benefits and barriers to interconnected solar home systems in East Africa. / Soltowski, Bartosz; Bowes, Jonathan; Strachan, Scott; Anaya-Lara, Olimpo.

2018. Paper presented at IEEE PES Power Africa Conference 2018, Cape Town, South Africa.

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