The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Doing Good with Microgrids in Africa and India

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EnSync Energy offers microgrids in East Africa Serving a growing need for microgrids in East Africa, EnSync Energy Systems has brought to the market a stand-alone system. Its first solar and battery storage project is located in an area with no utility or supporting infrastructure. The  microgrid will provide energy for a community that … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund

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With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]

What Senegal Needs to do to Close its Energy Gap by 2030

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Erik Nordman, of Grand Valley State University, describes strides to achieve universal electricity access in Senegal and the role of microgrids. Affordable and clean energy is the foundation for many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Modern energy, like electricity and liquified petroleum gas, is a vital need for … [Read more...]

Nigeria Minigrids: “An Unparalleled” $9.2 Billion Business Opportunity

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A US$9.2 billion a year market opportunity for minigrids and home solar PV systems is expected to save Nigerian homes and businesses $4.4 billion per year in energy spending, as well as dramatically improve human and environmental health and safety, according to a market study produced by Nigeria's Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Fairbanks Morse Offers Reliability-as-a-Service: “It’s Not Just about the Equipment Anymore”

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Fairbanks Morse, a century-old engine manufacturer, today re-framed its power generation business into a reliability-as-a-service model, underscoring a shift in customer purchasing preferences that is sweeping energy. Now offering “PoweReliability-as-a-Service,” the global company is riding two large waves in the energy sector. The first is a … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Up and Running at South Africa, UN World Heritage Site

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Located in Table Bay, 4.3 miles off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is a place of special significance in South African and world history. Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on the island. Two other post-apartheid South African presidents, including current President Jacob Zuma, were imprisoned there as well. Robben Island … [Read more...]

Grid Stability from Siemens…NY DER Consumer Protections…Engie in Africa

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Siemens mobile solution adds grid stability for Dominion Siemens is providing Dominion Energy with a new mobile tool to create grid stability during disturbances and faults. Called the Mobile SVC STATCOM, the technology provides fast and controlled reactive power. The Virginia-based utility will be able to move the device anywhere grid support … [Read more...]