The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Africa including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

microgrid industry

Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

Dubai Developer to Build Three 100-MW Solar Microgrids in Nigeria

solar microgrids

A Dubai-based developer plans to bring three 100-MW solar microgrids to Nigeria, a country where some villagers pay electricity costs 60-80 times that of New Yorkers – if they have power at all. Phanes Group announced today that it will install the first of the solar microgrids in Sokoto in 2018 and the next two in the Mando area of Kaduna and … [Read more...]

Nevada Task Force to Consider Legislation on Microgrids…Renewvia to Bring Solar Microgrids to Kenya

Legislation on Microgrids in Nevada? A Nevada gubernatorial task force, which is looking at ways to make the grid more clean and resilient, will consider proposing microgrid legislation next week. The Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force is scheduled to discuss possible legislation for microgrid and distributed energy pilot projects at its … [Read more...]

Milbank and the Human Side of Microgrids

human side of microgrids

Microgrids often are built to assure power supply, cut costs, or increase sustainability. Keeping families together is a benefit we’ve not heard of before. Yet that’s exactly what a project planned in Haiti is designed to do. Kansas City-based Milbank, a third-generation family-owned manufacturing company, is working on the project with a … [Read more...]

The Vital Role of Reciprocating Engines in Remote Communities

reciprocating engines in remote communities

We offer a global view of reciprocating engines in remote communities in this excerpt from the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage. In a land where winter can bring only a few hours of sunlight daily—or none at all for 67 days in Barrow, Alaska the northern most … [Read more...]

Microgrid Roadmap Building Continues in California…ViZa to Bring Microgrids to Africa with Jabil Inala

microgrid roadmap

The California Energy Commission plans to hold its next microgrid roadmap workshop 10 a.m. PT, September 6 at the Secretary of State Building in Sacramento. The state launched the series of workshops in May to set priorities for microgrid policy and help the industry standardize, commercialize and drive down costs for consumers. The CEC is … [Read more...]

Energy Storage and the Supermajors…6 Policies to Up Corporate Use of Renewables…& More News

energy storage

What Total's energy storage play means for supermajors French oil company Total is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed energy generation, Lux Research says, and the other global oil supermajors — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total — should follow … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

hybrid microgrids

Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh. Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel. The project has … [Read more...]