The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

Getting Personal with Green & Mobile Energy Storage

EcoFlow Mobile Battery Storage

When Eli Harris co-founded EcoFlow Tech, his goal was to produce a green and mobile energy storage system that could serve as a mobile power station for consumers needing more than a phone charge. “I wanted to take an industrial amount of power and put it in the consumer market,” said the co-founder and CEO of the company. “There were no … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

energy access microgrids

Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Features Aquion Battery at South African Luxury Camp

solar plus storage microgrid

A new solar plus storage microgrid will bring clean energy to a South African nature resort with the help of a salt water battery system by Aquion Energy. Located in Kruger National Park, the luxury nature lodge is reducing its reliance on diesel generation with the help of Aquion’s Aspen batteries. The Aspen battery uses an environmentally … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

defines microgrids

Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

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...]