Course: Rural Electrification using PV-Diesel Hybrid Systems

renac renewables academyDates: 17 – 21 October 2016
Organisation: RENAC
Location: Berlin
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Description: Decentralized micro-/minigrids will play a major role for the electrification (not only) of rural/island communities in emerging countries. A majority of these micro-/minigrids will be powered by renewable sources such as solar PV and wind power. In this training we will focus on PV-Diesel hybrid systems with a high solar share. In a real-life case study we will be planning a system from scratch. That means we will talk in depth about available system topologies (DC- and/or AC-coupling) and currently available industry components incl. energy storage solutions. A focus will be the sizing procedure and its validation using simulation tools. In RENAC’s brand new PV-Hybrid lab you will then put together a real hybrid system and monitor its operation.

Besides technical issues the training will also cover socio-economic topics and analyze the project’s business case and financial implications. Both of these points are key factors for the sustainability of a rural electrification project.

After the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate components, system topologies & available industry products
  • Size and simulate systems
  • Identify risks and their mitigation strategies
  • Calculate a business case for rural electrification projects.

Target group:
This training suits those who:

  • Are responsible for power generation systems in rural areas.
  • Want to extend their grid-interactive PV knowledge to off-grid PV systems
  • Need to evaluate the opportunities solar powered micro-/minigrids
  • Basic knowledge of PV system components and energy yield is an advantage.

Lars Koerner
Phone: +49 (0) 30-526 895 881
Email: koerner(at)