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Renewable Energy and Micro-Grids
September 17, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Renewable Energy based electricity generation is increasing steadily due to climate change and Paris agreement mandates, and will have a major share in power development in coming decades. Nearly two billion of the World population, bulk of which belonging to developing economies, do not have access to grid fed electricity. Power capacity addition through fossil fuel based units being restricted, widely available renewable sources such as Solar, Wind, Small Hydro and Bio Energy are preferred options. Since both energy sources and targeted population are dispersed with randomly varying source and loads, there are technology challenges to match the two. For universal energy access by 2030, International Energy Agency projects 470TWh of off grid power addition (mainly through renewables and diesel) against 368 TWh through grid(mainly from fossil fuels). Off- grid systems are varied with multiple sources working in complimentary role. We need to think of an integrated generalised energy management system to prescribe solution to any given location, which brings us to the concept of “Micro-Grid” with renewable energy(RE). Technology options to tap RE individually and in hybrid mode will be discussed including some of the successful efforts made in India. Technical and non technical factors to be tackled for widespread deployment of renewables both in grid-fed and off-grid mode will be flagged to realize the dream of ‘electricity to all’ globally
Bldg: Building A
ETS, 1100 rue Notre-Dame O,