Power availability and reliability of solar pico-grids in rural areas: A case study from northern India

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Researchers

Research units

  • Yonsei University
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Abstract

Solar micro-grids are receiving increasing interest in the electrification in emerging economies. On-site performance studies of these systems have become more important as the global market is being supplied with an ever-greater variety of solar power equipment with inconsistent quality. We studied the reliability of seven small identical low-power DC solar grids installed in real settings in villages in rural northern India. A detailed analysis of measurement data, interviews and field visits over a whole year showed that solar electricity was available to the households for 87% of the time. Along with technical problems, a share of the power shortages was an indirect cause of an illegal behaviour of users. The study draws attention to quality recommendations for energy access for consumers with modest energy needs.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalSustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Frugal innovation, India, Pico-grids, Power availability, Reliability, Solar micro-grids

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