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The World Speaks Off-Grid

Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director (ARE)

Off-grid Solar to step out of the success shadow of grid-connected PV

Jörg Mayer, Managing Director (BSW-Solar)

We are proud that we had the chance to present the Off-Grid Power Forum at this year’s Intersolar Europe in Munich together with ARE. Intersolar Europe is the number one meeting place for the photovoltaic off-grid sector in Europe. The German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the exclusive partner of Intersolar Europe, hosted the Off-Grid-Power-Forum at its stand for the second time.

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We are proud that we had the chance to present the Off-Grid Power Forum at this year’s Intersolar Europe in Munich together with ARE. Intersolar Europe is the number one meeting place for the photovoltaic off-grid sector in Europe. The German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the exclusive partner of Intersolar Europe, hosted the Off-Grid-Power-Forum at its stand for the second time.

During three intense days, service and technology suppliers revealed insights on solar off-grid power markets, case studies, project experiences and technical solutions. The program featured off-grid applications of all kinds, e.g. PV-hybrid mini grids, solar pump and irrigation solutions, village electrification, storage solutions, island grids and secure energy supply for tourism and hospitals. Obviously these topics, jointly selected with ARE, addressed the hot issues of the target groups. Consequently, the stands at the Off-grid Platform were highly populated with potential customers and users, experts and foreign government representatives. You can find all presentations online here.

The technical solutions and case studies presented proved the growing importance of off-grid photovoltaic as well as the progress achieved in the last years. Driven by the fast development of on-grid photovoltaic, off-grid applications have become more efficient and cheaper. In more and more regions, generation parity has already been reached; the price of solar electricity is less than the price of electricity from fossil fuels, not to mention the improved security of supply. In many markets, off-grid photovoltaic is independent from political support, given that regulation doesn’t impede its deployment. Thus most target markets are selected on economic basis only.

Already, off-grid solutions are important in many different fields, for example power supply for remote enterprises or rural electrification. The continuing population growth in many regions of the world combined with slow electrification in a lot of remote areas promise a bright future for off-grid photovoltaic. The potential is enormous. Dramatically decreasing prices of solar power storage systems are likely to support the growing markets. 

Off-grid photovoltaic is clean, competitive, and normally quite easy to install. Additionally, maintenance effort is comparably low. These facts as well as my impressions from this year’s Intersolar Europe allow me to say, that off-grid solar will step out of the success shadow of grid-connected PV soon. Intersolar, BSW-Solar and ARE will have the opportunity to strongly enlarge its stage for off-grid solutions.  We are ready to drive this evolution and would be happy if you might join us, for example as a speaker or exhibitor at next year’s Off-Grid Power Forum.

 

Solarising Bangladesh – SHS Impacts and new Initiatives

By Munawar Misbah Moin, Managing Director, Rahimafrooz Solar

Bangladesh, the largest delta in the world, is a populous yet low energy-consuming country, where 39% of the population awaits connection to the national grid. Rahimafrooz Bangladesh, with their brand Rahimafrooz Solar started R&D back in the mid-1980s and installed the first ever SHS at Gopalgonj in 1989, which is still operational.

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By Munawar Misbah Moin, Managing Director, Rahimafrooz Solar

Bangladesh, the largest delta in the world, is a populous yet low energy-consuming country, where 39% of the population awaits connection to the national grid. Rahimafrooz Bangladesh, with their brand Rahimafrooz Solar started R&D back in the mid-1980s and installed the first ever SHS at Gopalgonj in 1989, which is still operational.

Since its inception in 2003, the SHS program has installed 3.5 million SHS in rural households, of which 500,000+ systems were installed by Rahimafrooz Solar alone, creating thousands of green jobs and providing rural masses with new opportunities for generating income and improved quality of life.

The impact of SHS at the rural level has been enormous. Our survey shows that 100% of students with SHS installed in their homes were able to do their homework with the extra 1.5 hour per day and without any gender inequality. SHS also make it possible to reduce carbon emissions and its related effects, including health and environment, from households. Moreover, bright lights bring about a strong sense of safety for the population at home reducing the incidents of theft and others. SHS have also increased movability, saving time for household chores and increasing quality time with children. 

SHS have also prolonged the working hours at the local bazaar, leading to increased business and income and positive effects on the local economy. For example, rural people now tend to invest more on larger SHS to fulfil their larger energy needs. Households have even changed their source of information switching from radio to TV, bringing infotainment to the family.Rahimafrooz Solar, in its continuous effort to incorporate new generation technology in SHS has taken the initiative and released the next generation SMART SHS with plug & play which is maintenance free, remote controlled and monitored. The company is implementing its next generation of SHS through its 4,000+ workforce which works extensively to implement rural services and its selling network for energy access using SMART phone ERP and mobile wallet based system. This new initiative has paved the way for the large commercialisation of SHS within the energy access market and opened up green jobs to green entrepreneurs with complete and sustainable ecosystem.

 

Carbon – The answer to partial state of charge

Deep-cycle batteries are critical components of any renewable energy (RE), telecom and inverter backup system operating in off-grid or unstable grid locations.  In these applications oftentimes batteries are heavily cycled at partial state of charge (PSOC), meaning they are often never fully recharged on a regular basis. This quickly diminishes the overall life of a battery resulting in frequent, costly battery replacements.  

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Deep-cycle batteries are critical components of any renewable energy (RE), telecom and inverter backup system operating in off-grid or unstable grid locations.  In these applications oftentimes batteries are heavily cycled at partial state of charge (PSOC), meaning they are often never fully recharged on a regular basis. This quickly diminishes the overall life of a battery resulting in frequent, costly battery replacements.  

Addressing PSOC and its impact on battery performance and overall life has remained a challenge – until now.  Advancements in carbon technology and its addition to lead acid flooded batteries has shown to extend the life of deep-cycle batteries designed for RE, telecom and inverter backup applications.

Carbon Counteracts Negative Effects of PSOC
Engineering teams at battery manufacturers have been experimenting with various carbon formulas for several years to find the right mix that can successfully address the effects of PSOC.  However, not all carbon additives are alike or provide the same level of performance improvement. 

The key, as with most any successful renewable energy project, is to examine the available technologies. Carefully select batteries that not only offer enhanced performance but, more specifically, an improved charge acceptance and faster recharge in PSOC applications. 

With the increased use of deep-cycle, lead-acid batteries in RE applications, leading industry research firms have looked at how the use of carbon additives can successfully address the negative impacts of PSOC applications, with some estimating that batteries with carbon will support applications at one-third of the cost of nickel cadmium and one-quarter of the cost of lithium ion batteries.

Smart Carbon™

Deep-cycle batteries offering carbon additives, such as Smart Carbon™ from Trojan Battery, provide higher conductivity, reduced sulfation and improved opportunity charging in PSOC applications.  Studies show that formulas such as Smart Carbon can provide up to 15% improved cycle life of batteries in PSOC applications versus non-carbon batteries.  Users that select a deep-cycle battery with Smart Carbon for their specific RE, telecom and inverter backup applications will maximise their investment. 

According to the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), an industry research firm, “lead carbon batteries provide better performance in partial state-of-charge operations, making them optimal for applications requiring high-rate and recharge.”

Battery Council International (BCI), a trade association representing leading battery manufacturing companies, has also released similar findings.

To learn more watch the educational video: Smart Carbon – Improve battery performance in Partial State of charge

 

RENAC’s Green Energy Summer School (Gess) In Berlin (Germany)

By Elena Cantos, PR & Marketing Director, RENAC

For the third consecutive year, the Renewables Academy (RENAC) will conduct their Green Energy Summer School (GESS) in its Training Centre located in the vibrant city of Berlin from the 17th August to the 4th September. GESS offers the unique opportunity of getting to know what renewable energy and energy efficiency are all about, while exploring one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

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By Elena Cantos, PR & Marketing Director, RENAC

For the third consecutive year, the Renewables Academy (RENAC) will conduct their Green Energy Summer School (GESS) in its Training Centre located in the vibrant city of Berlin from the 17th August to the 4th September. GESS offers the unique opportunity of getting to know what renewable energy and energy efficiency are all about, while exploring one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

Perfecting your know-how while enjoying the Berlin summer
The programme comprises of technical, legal and economic aspects of different green energy technologies. Employing a blend of up-to-date theoretical lectures, state-of-the-art practical training and field trips, GESS makes learning not only effective but also very exciting.

Participants have the choice to attend any or all three weeks, depending on their interest:

Overview of renewable energy technologies, 17– 21 August 
“Overview of renewable energy technologies” gives a structured overview of the different renewable energy sources, how they can be used for the provision of energy in the form of electricity, heat and cold. Additionally, the training will present an overview if the renewable energy markets. This training is perfect for those who are new to renewable energy and need a quick understanding of its technical, commercial, legal or administrative aspects.

Grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaics, 24– 28 August
This week covers all aspects of planning, installation, maintenance, quality management and monitoring of both grid-connected and off-grid systems. Additionally, non-technical issues such as legal aspects, project management, economics and financing will also be discussed. 

Overview of energy efficiency in industry and buildings, 31 August – 4 September
The training looks into the economic, strategic and environmental motivations that push private companies and governments to develop new professional figures to reach ambitious energy targets. Participants will learn about the powerful impact of energy efficient technologies on competitiveness and energy costs. They will practice both technical and managerial tasks needed in energy saving projects in the industrial and building sectors.

Introduction to bioenergy (biogas, solid biomass & biofuels), 31 August – 4 September
“Introduction to bioenergy” gives a detailed overview of the principles of generating bioenergy in a sustainable way. Emphasis will be put on bioenergy systems – from the resources to the conversion technologies and finally to the end product. The fundamentals, benefits and potentials for heat, power and biofuels of the various existing bioenergy conversion technologies will be explored, as well as cogeneration such as biomass heat and power plants. Additionally, the training will incorporate plant design, economics, supporting schemes and project management issues.

For further information, please visit RENAC’s website or contact Dr. Emilienne Tingwey.

Training

 

Date

 

Application Deadline

 

Overview of renewable energy technologies

 

17-21 August

 

6 July

 

Grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaics

 

24-28 August

 

13 July

 

Overview of energy efficiency in industry and buildings

 

31 August - 4 September

 

20 July

 

Introduction to bioenergy

 

31 August - 4 September

 

20 July

 

Electrochemical Technology For The Production Of Synthetic Hydrocarbons

By José Campos Rodrigues, CEO, GreenSynFuel       

GreenSynFuel is a new technology to store electricity (international patent pending) developed by a Portuguese consortium, headed by GSYF (technology holder company), and recently presented at the EES 2015 Exhibition (Munich).

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By José Campos Rodrigues, CEO, GreenSynFuel       

About GreenSynFuel
GreenSynFuel is a new technology to store electricity (international patent pending) developed by a Portuguese consortium, headed by GSYF (technology holder company), and recently presented at the EES 2015 Exhibition (Munich).

The GreenSynFuel technology converts electrical energy into synthetic hydrocarbon, a substitute for fossil fuels. The process comprises an electrochemical production of synthesis gas (SynGas) from water electrolysis using graphite electrodes, followed by a catalytic reaction to obtain renewable synthetic fuels. The technology maximises the consumption of energy from renewable sources and contributes to the decarbonisation of energy mix, in alignment with European Union’s Low Carbon Plan.

 

The main innovative characteristics of technology are:

  • Consumable anodes;
  • Simplified architecture of the electrolyser;
  • Low price of the electrolyser;
  • Ability  to seasonal energy shift (from Summer to Winter, for instance);
  • Location flexibility ;
  • Low  environment impact, if renewable source are used;
  • Modularity and scalability, from small to large powers.

GreenSynFuel technology makes feasible a new energy mix based on natural renewable resources. Clean energy supply will be achievable at an economic competitive value. Synthetic fuels produced using GreenSynFuel technology are expected to be price competitive with fossil hydrocarbons and can satisfy  mobility demand.

 

Market Opportunities
The potential markets of GreenSynFuel technology are huge markets looking for new and reliable storage solutions in order to eliminate existing restrictions to renewable energy sources in the energy mix:

  • Back-up of renewable sources in off-grid applications (rural electrification);
  • Stability support of LV / MV electrical distribution grids;
  • Storage of Electrical Energy;
  • Production of synthetic hydrocarbons;

Deployment Plan: Achievements

  • Test of 1 kW industrial prototype to produce SynGas;
  • Development of a catalyst to produce Methanol at low pressure (< 1 bar) and temperature (< 300ºC);
  • Design of a tubular reactor to produce Methanol and Methane;
  • International patent application.

Next steps

  • Development and test of a 5 kW industrial prototype (December 2015);
  • Pilot production of a 10 units batch of 5 kW equipment’s (producing either Methane or Methanol) for field tests in real operation environment (looking for interested partners) – 1st Semester of 2016
  • Commercialisation of small power modules (< 5kW) for rural electrification – October 2016
  • Technology scale-up for 100 kW plant – December 2016

Contact
For further information about the technology, investment opportunities or business partnerships please contact geral(at)greensynfuel.com

 

Supporting rural electrification: IEC series of publications to help rural populations in developing world access electricity

By Morand Fachot, Communications Officer, IEC

Hundreds of millions living in rural areas in developing countries are without access to electricity, a prerequisite to human and economic development. Off-grid renewable energies offer an attractive solution for these people. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has issued a series of publications for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification, which is available at a discounted price in a joint initiative with the World Bank Group and the United Nations Foundation.

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By Morand Fachot, Communications Officer, IEC

Hundreds of millions living in rural areas in developing countries are without access to electricity, a prerequisite to human and economic development. Off-grid renewable energies offer an attractive solution for these people. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has issued a series of publications for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification, which is available at a discounted price in a joint initiative with the World Bank Group and the United Nations Foundation.

Remote or no prospect of grid connection 
Many people in developing countries do not have access to electricity because of inadequate infrastructure. As a result, they are denied access to many economic and socio-cultural benefits. 

As prospects from grid-connectivity are rather remote, if not totally inexistent, off-grid electrification that relies on renewable energies (REs), that is essentially solar photovoltaic (PV) systems appears as the most realistic and suitable solution for these regions.

Comprehensive work 

For more than 15 years IEC Technical Committee (TC) 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems, has been developing publications that set out recommendations aimed at guiding the introduction and use of REs in rural decentralised electrification. 

This work has so far resulted in the development of the IEC/TS 62257 series of 18 publications that includes, among other things, general requirements for the design, erection and operation of microgrids and micropower plants; recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems; and the selection of components. 

In addition to requirements to ensure the safety of persons and property, and recommendations concerning operation, maintenance and replacement as well as project development and management, these publications also cover:

  • system selection and design
  • selection of self-ballasted lamps (CFL)
  • selection of PV-IES (PV individual electrification systems)
  • selection of stand-alone lighting kits for rural electrification
  • selection of batteries and battery management systems
  • various types of generators – Photovoltaic generators
  • details of microgrids and micropower systems.

 

Easier, cheaper access for key stakeholders
The IEC has responded positively to a request from the United Nations Foundation to make the IEC/TS 62257 technical specifications more easily available to key stakeholders in developing countries. 

The IEC, World Bank Group and United Nations Foundation have worked together to give access to the IEC/TS 62257 series to key stakeholders at discounts ranging between 50% and 75%. Details are available from the IEC Webstore

Encouraging discussion
The IEC is also encouraging exchanges of views between interested parties and stakeholders through various fora. In the coming months it will:

  1. hold a workshop for industrialising countries on micro-grids for rural electrification in the framework of its General Meeting in Minsk (Belarus) on 14 October, where ARE will make a presentation.
  2. jointly organise a symposium with the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) in Cape Town (26-30 October 2015). The focus of this symposium will be the development of electricity infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. The IEC will chair three sessions at this symposium:

 

Driving energy storage commercialisation: “4th Energy Storage China 2015” successfully held in Beijing

By Heiko Stutzinger, Deputy General Manager, Messe Duesseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

In June 2015, the 4th International Conference and Expo on Energy Storage in China was themed "Driving Energy Storage Commercialisation", featuring in-depth discussions revolving policy interpretation, technology application, financial innovation and related issues. It focused on energy storage applications, solutions and projects, power transmission and distribution, smart grid, micro-grid and off-grid, new energy vehicles, distributed energy, energy storage cost efficiency, and investment & financing issues.

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By Heiko Stutzinger, Deputy General Manager, Messe Duesseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

In June 2015, the 4th International Conference and Expo on Energy Storage in China was themed "Driving Energy Storage Commercialisation", featuring in-depth discussions revolving policy interpretation, technology application, financial innovation and related issues. It focused on energy storage applications, solutions and projects, power transmission and distribution, smart grid, micro-grid and off-grid, new energy vehicles, distributed energy, energy storage cost efficiency, and investment & financing issues.

Phase change heat storage, flywheel, compressed air, vanadium redox flow battery, fuel cell, lead-carbon battery, aqueous sodium ion, sodium-sulphur battery, zinc energy storage and all-solid lithium battery — these advanced energy storage technologies being discussed at the "Advanced Energy Storage Technologies” session are not far away. With promising market outlook, they will definitely open up a new era for Chinese energy storage business. Taking this opportunity, Energy Storage China 2015 specially presented several exclusive sessions, including “New Energy Automobile and Energy Storage” and “Energy Storage Applications in Power Grid and Power Generation”, to cope with increasing challenges posed by an energy Internet age.

Rooted in China to serve the industry, synchronising energy storage business
As the driving force behind the anchor events for the global energy storage industry, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH successfully organises the World of Energy Storage events, which today host 5 conferences and expos across 3 continents, covering the world's top 5 renewable energy markets with nearly 70% of global renewable generation. The next events to follow are: Energy Storage North America (San Diego, California from 13-15 October 2015), Energy Storage Summit Japan (Tokyo, Japan from 11-12 November 2015), Energy Storage India (New Delhi, India from 7-9 December 2015), and Energy Storage Europe (Düsseldorf, Germany from 15-17 March 2016). The next Energy Storage China is scheduled to be held in Beijing, China in June 2016. 

The World of Energy Storage provides unmatched access to key policymakers, grid managers, installers and the world's largest utilities. This relationship gives sponsors, exhibitors and participants unrivalled opportunities to understand the global industry & policy trends, promote cutting-edge technologies, explore business models, reach out to potential customers, and expand market presence.

 

  • German-African Energy Forum (Hamburg, 4-5 May 2015)

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    ARE is proud to have been a supporter of the 9th German-African Energy Forum - European Power for Africa. The Forum is the main platform of German-African energy business and regards itself as one of the most important conferences of the sector in Europe.

    ARE Vice-President Caroline Nijland (FRES) kicked off the rural electrification session by challenging panelists Aziz Fall (REA Senegal), Elmar Steurer (HNU), Georgios Pantoulis (EC), Rainer Hakkala (GIZ) and Thomas Gottschalk (Mobisol) on their energy access commitments for 2015, which later formed the basis on how they could best work together. ARE wishes the panelists the best of success to achieve the set targets.

  • 2nd United Nations SE4All Forum (New York, 17-21 May 2015)

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    As business partner association of SE4All, the Alliance had the pleasure to contribute to the success of this year’s 2nd UN SE4All Forum with a number of engagements and commitments. With an increase in registration from 1,500 in 2014 to 2,500 this year at the 2nd UN SE4All Forum, universal access to clean energies is gaining more and more attention worldwide.

    The session on mini-grids moderated by Richenda van Leuven (UNF), co-lead of the HIO Secretariat, faced a lot of interest from the attendees. Thanks to the kind support from Rockefeller Foundation and on behalf of the Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO), ARE presented its first edition of a mapping tool covering clean energy mini-grid support providers from the public, philanthropic and commercial sectors. Available as a written publication and online, this mapping tool provides an ideal resource for potential project developers and investors. 

    In parallel, the Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity (HIO) was also launched at the Forum to facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions. On that occasion, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) and ARE presented lessons learnt by their members on how to effectively implement innovative models that utilise bioenergy technologies for electrification purposes through their latest information paper. The paper looks at inclusive business models, value addition and provides policy makers with policy recommendations to encourage the uptake of biomass as part of decentralised energy production. Given the high interest raised, ARE is planning to create an extended version. Interested stakeholder who wish to present their success stories are welcome to contact David Lecoque.

  • Africa Future Energy Forum (Nairobi, 27-28 May 2015)

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    Meeting under the theme ‘Unlocking Africa's Energy Potential,' theAfrica Future Energy Forum brought together relevant stakeholders to discuss the policy, technology and financing aspects of unlocking Africa's energy potential. More specifically, it addressed how Africa’s economies could meet the energy demand and close the energy access gap; what the ideal energy mix was for Africa; how the gap between existing infrastructure and investment could be bridged; and whether African governments were ready to provide the necessary leadership and governance to bring about an energy revolution in Africa.

    The forum sought to demonstrate to the world community the growing significance and viability of business and investment in the African energy sector. To contribute to the lively discussions, ARE President Ernesto Macias was invited to give insights into how to best realise the potential of rural electrification in order to prepare Africa for the renewable energy revolution.

  • Financing Innovative Sustainable Energy Solutions (Brussels, 4 June 2015)

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    The EU Energy Initiative – Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), in cooperation with ARE organised a side-event at the European Development Days 2015 under the topic of “Financing innovative sustainable energy solutions”, bringing together over 60 participants.

    The event, kicked off with brief presentations by practitioners Vivian Vendeirinho (RVE.SOL) and Adriaan Tas (Carbon Africa), focused on off-grid hybrid projects for clean energy and water solutions and on a plan to establish an early-stage project development company respectively. This was followed by the moderator Michael Franz (EUEI PDF) engaging the financing experts, Alain Six (Hexafin) and Thomas Andre (Schneider Electric). The subsequent discussion resulted in the following key messages:

    • There is a need for support to early-stage project preparation for innovative small-scale business models leading to viable project proposals for funding at development finance institutions (DFIs).
    • „There is a strong need to attract ‘patient’ capital for innovative projects from DFIs
    • „Engaging community members from early stages of project conceptualisation to the O&M is crucial.
    • „Social enterprises struggle to access financing, as they are often not aware of available funding opportunities, due to scattered information and their limited capacity to obtain relevant information.

    The event concluded by finding a consensus on the need for continuous dialogue and coordination between policy makers, financiers and project developers to overcome the discussed challenges.

  • Off-Grid Platform at Intersolar (Munich, 9-12 June 2015)

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    This year, for the first time, Intersolar Europe, OTTI, BSW-Solar and ARE synchronised their activities during Intersolar Europe 2015 to create a joint Off-grid Platform and to stimulate synergies. The newly created Off-grid Platform, attracting more than 150 participants at the networking reception on the first day, served as the meeting point for the global off-grid sector and scientific community and attracted a good level of attention from potential customers and users, experts and foreign government representatives. 

    Mrs. Dr. Roediger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director of BMZ, and Marcus Wiemann, ARE Executive Director, kicked off the opening session with an introduction to the relevant international and regional opportunities on how to best engage in decentralised clean energy markets. In this regard Georgios Pantoulis, Head of Unit at DG DEVCO, presented the European Commission’s new initiative ElectriFI – an instrument which aims to partner with the finance and industry sector to leverage impact by joining forces. 

    During three intense days, the technical solutions and case studies presented proved the growing importance of off-grid photovoltaic as well as the progress achieved in the last years. With the rapid decrease in prices of solar power storage systems, the off-grid market is looking set to grow.

    Together with Intersolar and BSW, ARE is ready to drive this evolution and would be pleased if you joined us at next year’s Off-Grid Power Forum.

  • New Partnerships for Rural Electrification (Vienna, 18 June 2015)

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    In another cooperation, EUEI PDF together with ARE and Club-ER, hosted a side-event on “New Partnerships for Rural Electrification” as part of the Vienna Energy Forum 2015.

    Rural electrification remains a key challenge for achieving universal access to energy in Africa, for which substantial investment by public and private sources must be leveraged. The access gap cannot be closed without decentralised solutions for mini-grid and stand-alone systems, reinforced by local policies and new support instruments. 

    The event brought together entrepreneurs (Mobisol, Energias de Portugal) in discussion with policy-makers (EC DG DEVCO, Uganda’s Rural Electrification Agency) and financiers (AfDB), who discussed the prerequisites to establish successful partnerships for Africa’s rural electrification.

  • Recommendations for Small Renewable Energy and Hybrid Systems for Rural Hybrid Systems for Rural Electrification -

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    By IEC

    Part 1: General Introduction to IEC 62257 Series and Rural Electrification

    IEC/TS 62257-1:2013 introduces a methodology for implementing rural electrification using small autonomous hybrid renewable energy systems. It also provides a guide for facilitating the reading and the use of the IEC 62257 series for setting up decentralised rural electrification in developing countries or in developed countries the only difference being the level of quality of service and the needed quantity of energy that the customer can afford.

  • Renewables 2015 Global Status Report

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    By REN21

    First released in 2005, REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions. The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.

  • Building Energy Access Markets: A Value Chain Analysis of Key Energy Market Systems

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    By EUEI PDF & Practical Action Consulting

    To support action towards increasing access to modern energy services, in particular in Least Developed Countries a new analytical framework that allows conceptualising energy market systems through a systematic value-chain approach has been developed. The framework focuses on decentralised energy market systems of electricity mini-grids, solar PV lanterns and home systems; and biomass and LPG stoves and fuels, although it could be adapted to address other markets, including electricity grids, mechanical power and biogas.

Please note that views expressed in the Co-Editorial, the In Focus section and the Special Feature of the newsletter, are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect ARE’s opinion.

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