Microgrids helping to mitigate Energy Poverty with Renewable Energies
With the challenges of remote locations, either bad grid or off grid, the Standalone Power System concept is a potentially technically and commercially attractive solution. Energy Poverty of many of these locations in the Developing World is hindering the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Solar PV and Batteries are well known components, but backup power generation with diesel generators is expensive, maintenance intensive, and produces emissions and noise. Hydrogen fuel cells are a potential replacement option for the back-up power needs of SPS.
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- There are billions of people across the world without sufficient electricity, either no grid or bad grids, and this has resulted in Energy Poverty. Energy is required to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals including improved living standards, clean water and improved sanitation, better education, and improved economic conditions.
- At the same time, there is significant work being done to address the challenges of Climate Change with a target of Net Zero for carbon emissions associated with conventional carbon based energy systems. Renewables offer a potential microgrid solution to these challenges with improving technologies, cost reductions, and good access to funding and finance.
- Solar PV solutions combined with Battery Energy Storage Systems are well known microgrid solutions, but have often not provided enough cover during longer intermittencies. Frequently this has led to conventional fuelled (diesel) back-up power generators which are expensive solutions with frequent maintenance required and they produce exhaust emissions and noise.
- Meanwhile large scale Solar and Wind Farms are being deployed around the world in a number of countries. These intermittent energy sources usually have surplus electricity at certain times due to grid constraints which could be used to power local electrolysers to produce cylinders of Green Hydrogen for subsequent road distribution. This hydrogen could be used with noiseless, low maintenance fuel cells for the longer duration back-up power requirements of Standalone Power Systems (SPS) in microgrids. SPS solutions could be modularised and lean manufactured.
- We believe these types of solutions need to continue to be deployed and scaled up to help eliminate Energy Poverty. If you are interested let us know.