Issues and applications of real-time data from off-grid electrical systems

Henry Louie, George Goldsmith, Peter Dauenhauer, Rita H. Almeida

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Off-grid systems are a pathway to electrification for millions of people located far from the existing grid. However, the premature failure and under-utilization of these systems are difficult to prevent. Advances in data acquisition hardware, the expansion of cellular communication networks and cloud-based solutions have made data collection, monitoring, archival and even remote interaction with off-grid systems a possibility. The co-installation of data acquisition hardware with off-grid systems is not a wide-spread practice, and use cases of the data have not been popularized. This paper discusses the technology, applications and considerations related to off-grid data acquisition and monitoring. Data from several off-grid systems in Sub-Saharan Africa are used to illustrate the applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE PES PowerAfrica
Place of PublicationPiscataway, N.J.
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Event2016 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference, PowerAfrica 2016 - Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 28 Jun 20163 Jul 2016


Conference2016 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference, PowerAfrica 2016


  • data acquisition
  • energy kiosk
  • energy poverty
  • microgrids
  • rural electrification
  • current measurement
  • servers
  • batteries
  • battery charge measurement
  • voltage measurement
  • monitoring


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