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Main Title: Against the Odds: The Potential of Swarm Electrification for Small Island Development States
Author(s): Koepke, Mathias
Groh, Sebastian
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: The paper builds on earlier observations using system complexity theory to explain the characteristics of a swarm electrification approach using existing small, distributed renewable energy generation infrastructure integrated into a grid. The concept is based on swarm intelligence where information and electricity flow between neighbors to achieve a compounding network effect, in that they are linked together to form a microgrid but at the same time showing a high degree of resilience as each node/ household can also operate independently. The paper contrasts this approach with traditional stand-alone and minigrid systems in small island development states using the multi-tier framework of measuring energy access and taking into account the particularities that these have, especially with regards to infrastructure and geography. The authors make use of qualitative and quantitative results from first practical applications of swarm electrification in Bangladesh.
Issue Date: 2016
Date Available: 19-Apr-2018
DDC Class: 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
Subject(s): small island developing states
swarm electrification
bottom-up village grids
multi-tier framework of measuring energy access
solar home systems
Journal Title: Energy Procedia
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Publisher Place: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Volume: 103
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2016.11.300
Page Start: 363
Page End: 368
ISSN: 1876-6102
Appears in Collections:FG Energietechnik und Umweltschutz » Publications

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