Small scale rollout of PV systems in Chikwawa District, Malawi: remote monitoring system effectiveness

Million Mafuta, Peter Dauenhauer, Timothy Chadza

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Abstract

Off-grid solar photovoltaic systems in Malawi are deployed increasingly as the primary option for rural public infrastructure such as primary schools and health centres. Overall, grid-connected electricity access has remained stagnant at around 9% with only 1% of rural population connected. To improve the technical sustainability of such systems, a novel remote monitoring technology utilising Wireless Sensor Networks was installed and the systems were monitored over roughly one year. This paper has described the technical design, performance, and benefits received from deployment of the technology. Furthermore, it has evaluated the cost implications for a larger scale rollout and potential benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9583860
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Solar Energy
Volume2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • photovoltaic systems
  • Malawi
  • public infrastructure
  • wireless sensor networks

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