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Development of a Smart Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Hybrid Renewable Mini-grids

Ravanbach, Babak and Kühnel, Meike and Hanke, Benedikt and Maydell, Karsten von and Van Dyk, E. Ernest and Vumbugwa, Monphias and Makaka, Golden and Lesala, Mahali Elizabeth and Shambira, Ngwarai and Roro, Kittessa (2020) Development of a Smart Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Hybrid Renewable Mini-grids. In: 2020 15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020. IEEE. 2020 Fifteenth International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies (EVER), 10-12 Sept. 2020, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Monaco (Virtual / Online). doi: 10.1109/EVER48776.2020.9243124. ISBN 978-172815641-5.

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Abstract

Hybrid renewable mini-grids have emerged as a viable solution for providing reliable, environmentally friendly electricity to remote communities. An affordable and grid-quality supply of energy can open new possibilities for socioeconomic progress. As part of a joint project between South Africa’s Eastern Cape province and Germany’s state of Lower Saxony a Photovoltaic (PV) hybrid mini-grid is developed in the municipality of Upper Blinkwater in Eastern Cape for a rural community of 70 households with 90 percent living off of social grants and no access to the main national grid. The aim of this work is to develop a smart Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (MEF) for hybrid renewable mini-grids by integrating cutting-edge technologies in a scalable platform of replicable solutions towards connecting the mini-grid with diverse stakeholders with enhanced observability of both generation and consumption profiles. The MEF provides the opportunity to streamline the flow of real-time energy data (generation, consumption, and storage) from the system to generate accurate and high-resolution data-driven load profiles for rural households. Simultaneously, the interrelation between energy access and social development will be studied and analyzed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/137771/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Development of a Smart Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Hybrid Renewable Mini-grids
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ravanbach, BabakBabak.Ravanbach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kühnel, Meikemeike.kuehnel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8144-7431
Hanke, Benediktbenedikt.hanke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7927-0123
Maydell, Karsten vonKarsten.Maydell (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0966-5810
Van Dyk, E. ErnestNelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Vumbugwa, MonphiasNelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Makaka, GoldenUniversity of Fort Hare, Alice, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Lesala, Mahali ElizabethUniversity of Fort Hare, Alice, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Shambira, NgwaraiUniversity of Fort Hare, Alice, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Roro, KittessaCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South AfricaUNSPECIFIED
Date:2 November 2020
Journal or Publication Title:2020 15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1109/EVER48776.2020.9243124
Publisher:IEEE
Series Name:2020 Fifteenth International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies (EVER)
ISBN:978-172815641-5
Status:Published
Keywords:Hybrid Renewable Mini-grids, Monitoring and Evaluation, PV Mini-grids, Energy Access, Smart Mini-grids, Rural Household Load Profiles, Social Development
Event Title:2020 Fifteenth International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies (EVER)
Event Location:Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Monaco (Virtual / Online)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10-12 Sept. 2020
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Energy Systems Technology (old)
Location: Oldenburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Networked Energy Systems
Deposited By: Ravanbach, Babak
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 11:44
Last Modified:09 Dec 2020 18:12

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