2019 in review: Customer insights for African mini-grid developers

Highlights into the advances in technology and business models that make mini-grids the least-cost route towards electrifying up to half a billion people.
LPWA networks

LPWA networks: Supporting the next wave of smart metering

As the IoT evolves, many new communication options will become available to utilities, many of them LPWA networks, writes Chris Strauss, research engineer at Conlog.

Rand volatility: Routes to manage energy sector participants’ exposure

The South African economy has been severely disrupted and seen large contractions in its GDP due to the lockdown with knock-on effect on the Rand.
geothermal

Geothermal power plants can also come in small sizes

With the introduction of Geoportable, Toshiba ESS has made it possible to construct a small-scale geothermal plant on as little as 250 square metres.
flexible energy

Generating reliable, affordable and flexible energy across Africa

Africa’s fastest growing population requires the establishment of reliable, affordable and flexible energy systems, Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Managing Director of SENER Southern Africa.
Financing solar

The challenge: Financing utility-scale solar PV using bifacial technology

Bifacial solar technology results in an overall increase in energy generation of the asset, but also calls for unique financing writes UL.

‘Prosumers’ have the potential to shift and disrupt the energy landscape

Prosumers could be manufacturers, businesses, or groups of consumers that have the potential to cause a shift in the structure of the energy industry.

Electric pressure cookers and microgrids can solve biomass cooking challenge

Six villages in Tanzania participate in an important research project on the use of electric pressure cookers to overcome the challenges of biomass cooking.

HOMER Grid users can now design custom microgrid control strategies

HOMER Energy by UL gives users the ability to evaluate how changes in operation impact the cost of operating hybrid energy systems.
electric vehicle charging

HOMER Grid Software now models electric vehicle charging stations

A recent software update can now model how hybrid systems power electric vehicle charging stations and design RE and storage systems.

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