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|| Scaling Microgrid Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on the Role of Batteries
||National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), PowerGen Renewable Energy & Standard Microgrid
- Energy Access
- Renewable Energy
|| 2019/09/26 15:00 CEST
|| 2019/09/26 16:30 CEST
|| Online Webinar
|| link to the event|
|| In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are 600 million people who lack access to modern electricity services. Grid extension remains prohibitively expensive in many rural areas, but decreasing solar PV and energy storage costs have created an opportunity for micro-grids to be a part of the solution in closing that energy access gap. However, there are still barriers to scale, including the needs for continued cost reduction and advancements in how micro-grids are designed and operated to effectively serve rural communities with affordable and reliable power.
The selection and operation of batteries in micro-grids are important pieces of overcoming those barriers to micro-grid growth. Batteries make up a large percentage of life-cycle costs for micro-grids and best practices are still emerging for how to effectively deploy and manage batteries in this nascent segment of the micro-grid space. This webinar will include recent research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on the role of batteries in micro-grids and case studies from PowerGen Renewable Energy and Standard Microgrid. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.