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Energy Production Analysis and Optimization of Mini-Grid in Remote Areas: The Case Study of Habaswein, Kenya

Version 1 : Received: 6 October 2017 / Approved: 6 October 2017 / Online: 6 October 2017 (15:45:54 CEST)

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Micangeli, A.; Citto, R.D.; Kiva, I.N.; Santori, S.G.; Gambino, V.; Kiplagat, J.; Viganò, D.; Fioriti, D.; Poli, D. Energy Production Analysis and Optimization of Mini-Grid in Remote Areas: The Case Study of Habaswein, Kenya. Energies 2017, 10, 2041. Micangeli, A.; Citto, R.D.; Kiva, I.N.; Santori, S.G.; Gambino, V.; Kiplagat, J.; Viganò, D.; Fioriti, D.; Poli, D. Energy Production Analysis and Optimization of Mini-Grid in Remote Areas: The Case Study of Habaswein, Kenya. Energies 2017, 10, 2041.

Journal reference: Energies 2017, 10, 2041
DOI: 10.3390/en10122041

Abstract

Rural electrification in remote areas of developing countries has several challenges which hinders energy access to the population.  For instance the extension of the national grid to provide electricity in these areas is largely not viable.  The Kenyan government has put a target to achieve universal energy access by the year 2020. In order to realize this objective, focus is being shifted to establishing off-grid power stations in rural areas.Among rural areas to be electrified, Habaswein is a settlement in Kenya's North Eastern region without connection to the National Power Grid where Kenya Power installed a stand alone hybrid mini-grid.Based on field observations, power generation data analysis, evaluation of the potential energy resource and simulations, this research intends to evaluate the performance of the Habaswein mini-grid and optimize the existing hybrid generation system to enhance its reliability and reduce the operation costs.The result will be a suggestion of how Kenyan rural areas could be sustainably electrified by using renewable energy based off-grid power stations. It will contribute to bridge the research gap currently existing on that area, and it will be a vital tool to researchers, implementers and the policy makers in energy sector.

Subject Areas

Hybrid Mini-grid, Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Rural Development, Energy Access

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