My presentation at the InSIC seminar: Challenges in operating solar micro-grids in rural Uttar Pradesh

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On the 16th October, I got the opportunity to present the pico-grid research project results at the seminar “PROMOTING SOLAR ENERGY AND SOLAR INNOVATIONS IN RURAL AREAS” organised by the International Solar Innovations Council (InSIC) together with Finnish development NGOs. The seminar was part of the series of InSIC events in Helsinki. See seminar series report written by Risto Isomäki. You may download my presentation from here.

• Pico-scale energy reduced kerosene use and saved money spent on energy in low-income communities. Energy poverty reduction to a certain extent

• Pico-grids delivered more reliable power service (21 hours) than the DISCOM power system (16 hours). Overall good customer satisfaction

• Advice: Size the system according to energy needs. Sometimes PV-only is not sufficient for 365 days supply. However, hybrid systems may become too expensive

• Protective measures are important:
•• Store batteries in locked cases
•• Use theft-proof electronic components
•• Ensure proper customer education and satisfaction
•• Create a culture of respect towards the system