OFF-GRID SYSTEMS, GLOBAL ELECTRIFICATION & NEW STORAGE OPPORTUNITIES Field studies showing how emerging storage technologies are changing the face of off-grid

A review of field observations and training techniques surrounding renewable energy systems installed in emerging markets. How design and component selection can affect global adoption of technologies. As new battery storage technologies evolve in the grid-connected sector, we are afforded the opportunity to utilize our expertise to further the growth and expansion of more secure energy access in developing countries.

The purpose of this presentation will be to outline the importance of proper system design and utilization of the right components for the success and longevity of remote systems. An outline of field observed failures caused by budgetary limitations, improper component choices, inadequate system sizing and expectations and a lack of training in system maintenance will be illustrated. In regards to battery storage, inexpensive batteries with a high failure rate are being used combined with a lack of training on proper battery sizing and maintenance. Now as the storage discussion has hit the mainstream and new technologies are being discovered, how can the off-grid communities use their experience to capitalize on and help emerging rural markets adopt these technologies for growth and expansion. How can we also use that experience to educate and consult to insure that these new technologies meet the needs and expectations of the end user.

As these systems are often in countries where there can be cultural barriers to adopting renewables and when failures occur it can have the potential to jeopardize their acceptance of renewables, we have to make sure that the technologies presented are accurate.

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