Evaluation of the reliability of solar micro-grids in emerging markets – Issues and solutions

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title = "Evaluation of the reliability of solar micro-grids in emerging markets – Issues and solutions",
abstract = "One of the most important technical features of a power system is its ability to deliver electricity reliably to the customers. Based on interviews with 12 energy service companies (ESCO) currently operating solar micro-grids in northern rural India, this study identified important factors related to technical design, customer behaviour and operations and management (O&M) that may result in contingencies in service. In addition, the study presents companies' innovative solutions to overcome these problems. Initially, the interview method allowed only a rough qualitative comparison of different reliability levels as the availability of comparable data was limited. We found that a more descriptive method for reliability assessment would create equally valuable information on renewable off-grid energy projects. We propose a simple framework for assessing reliability that highlights the particular features of off-grid areas in developing countries.",
keywords = "Energy systems in developing countries, India, Micro-grid, Reliability, Reliability assessment, Technical sustainability",
author = "Sini Numminen and Lund, {Peter D.}",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.esd.2018.10.006",
language = "English",
volume = "48",
pages = "34--42",
journal = "ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT",
issn = "0973-0826",
publisher = "Elsevier",

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AU - Numminen, Sini

AU - Lund, Peter D.

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N2 - One of the most important technical features of a power system is its ability to deliver electricity reliably to the customers. Based on interviews with 12 energy service companies (ESCO) currently operating solar micro-grids in northern rural India, this study identified important factors related to technical design, customer behaviour and operations and management (O&M) that may result in contingencies in service. In addition, the study presents companies' innovative solutions to overcome these problems. Initially, the interview method allowed only a rough qualitative comparison of different reliability levels as the availability of comparable data was limited. We found that a more descriptive method for reliability assessment would create equally valuable information on renewable off-grid energy projects. We propose a simple framework for assessing reliability that highlights the particular features of off-grid areas in developing countries.

AB - One of the most important technical features of a power system is its ability to deliver electricity reliably to the customers. Based on interviews with 12 energy service companies (ESCO) currently operating solar micro-grids in northern rural India, this study identified important factors related to technical design, customer behaviour and operations and management (O&M) that may result in contingencies in service. In addition, the study presents companies' innovative solutions to overcome these problems. Initially, the interview method allowed only a rough qualitative comparison of different reliability levels as the availability of comparable data was limited. We found that a more descriptive method for reliability assessment would create equally valuable information on renewable off-grid energy projects. We propose a simple framework for assessing reliability that highlights the particular features of off-grid areas in developing countries.

KW - Energy systems in developing countries

KW - India

KW - Micro-grid

KW - Reliability

KW - Reliability assessment

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