Analytical Frameworks and an Integrated Approach for Mini-grid based Electrification
Although rural electrification using mini-grids has attracted recent global attention, the concept has been there for quite some time. Consequently, a number of analytical approaches exist to support the decision-making process. This chapter first provides a review of literature dealing with analytical frameworks for off-grid and mini-grid based electrification projects. The range of analytical options includes simple worksheet-based tools to more sophisticated optimisation tools for technology selection as well as assessments based on multicriteria analysis. This is followed by an evaluation of mini-grid based off-grid electrification projects in India that allows the identification of critical factors for the success of such projects. Finally, the chapter proposes an integrated approach for analysing decentralised mini-grid projects in a holistic manner.
Citation : Bhattacharyya, S.C; Mishra, A. and Sarangi, G.K. (2014) Analytical Frameworks and an Integrated Approach for Mini-grid based Electrification. In: Bhattacharyya, SC and D Palit (eds.), Mini-grids for rural electrification of developing countries: Analysis and case studies, Springer, London
Research Group : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
Research Institute : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)
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