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Mini-Grids Webinar Series
Renewable energy mini grids are a widely discussed solution for cost-effective and reliable energy access. However, within the mini-grids dialogue micro (<100kW) and mini (<1MW) hydropower is often overlooked, despite the large number of beneficial projects operating globally, particularly in rural regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Many micro/mini hydropower systems originated as water mills that were upgraded to generate electricity (e.g. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India). Some have transitioned from isolated mini-grids to grid-interconnected systems (e.g. Indonesia and Sri Lanka). As a proven technology with a long track record, micro/mini hydropower is in the focus of this webinar series, which will also analyze similarities and differences among other mini-grids technologies.
This webinar series will focus on the three highly relevant key topics: grid interconnection, productive end use of electricity (PUE) and the distinction between different types of mini-grid technologies.
Each webinar in the series will focus on a distinct and relevant topic, namely grid-interconnection, productive end use, and how to distinguish mini-grid technologies. The objectives of this webinar series include: a) to harness information from practitioners and other experts in the above mentioned key topics (mainly based on case studies) b) to create awareness on up-to-date developments, barriers and opportunities c) to strengthen the sector by supporting a fruitful exchange on the range of mini-grids technologies.