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Decentralized renewable hybrid mini-grids for sustainable electrification of the off-grid coastal areas of Bangladesh

Decentralized renewable hybrid mini-grids for sustainable electrification of the off-grid coastal areas of Bangladesh
Decentralized renewable hybrid mini-grids for sustainable electrification of the off-grid coastal areas of Bangladesh
Lack of access to energy is considered as a serious bottleneck for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Despite earning recognition for promoting solar home systems, most of the rural areas and remote islands of the country still remain non-electrified due to very high unit cost and low quality of electricity from solar home systems (SHS) coupled with only few hours of restricted usages in the evening. Considering the resource potential and demand characteristics at the local level, the present study investigates the hybrid renewable mini-grid approach as a possible solution for universal electricity access in the country. Using Hybrid Optimisation of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER) simulation model, the study, covering the whole coastal region of Bangladesh, shows that it is possible to offer a much better quality electricity for 12 h to 18 h a day for as low as USD 0.29–USD 0.31/kWh. Hybrid models suggested in this study can be replicated along the coastal belt and remote islands to obtain maximum diffusion of this technology and hence universal electrification.
hybrid mini-grids, off-grid electrification, hybrid optimisation of multiple energy resources (HOMER), coastal Bangladesh;
1996-1073
Alam, Majbaul
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Bhattacharyya, Subhes
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Alam, Majbaul
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Bhattacharyya, Subhes
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Alam, Majbaul and Bhattacharyya, Subhes (2016) Decentralized renewable hybrid mini-grids for sustainable electrification of the off-grid coastal areas of Bangladesh. Energies, 9 (4), [268]. (doi:10.3390/en9040268).

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Lack of access to energy is considered as a serious bottleneck for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Despite earning recognition for promoting solar home systems, most of the rural areas and remote islands of the country still remain non-electrified due to very high unit cost and low quality of electricity from solar home systems (SHS) coupled with only few hours of restricted usages in the evening. Considering the resource potential and demand characteristics at the local level, the present study investigates the hybrid renewable mini-grid approach as a possible solution for universal electricity access in the country. Using Hybrid Optimisation of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER) simulation model, the study, covering the whole coastal region of Bangladesh, shows that it is possible to offer a much better quality electricity for 12 h to 18 h a day for as low as USD 0.29–USD 0.31/kWh. Hybrid models suggested in this study can be replicated along the coastal belt and remote islands to obtain maximum diffusion of this technology and hence universal electrification.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 March 2016
Published date: 6 April 2016
Keywords: hybrid mini-grids, off-grid electrification, hybrid optimisation of multiple energy resources (HOMER), coastal Bangladesh;

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Local EPrints ID: 479561
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/479561
ISSN: 1996-1073
PURE UUID: e83114b1-434e-4283-8e52-b09f3a553074

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Author: Majbaul Alam
Author: Subhes Bhattacharyya

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