Renewable energy mini-grids are a widely discussed solution for cost-effective and reliable energy access. However, within the mini-grids dialogue micro and mini hydropower (MHP)1 is often overlooked, despite the large number of beneficial projects operating globally, particularly in rural regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Webinar I: Why mini-grid technologies — PV, biomass, diesel, micro/mini hydro, wind, and hybrid systems — need to be differentiated.
Often mini-grids based on different energy sources are simply lumped together when it comes to project and program design, calls for proposals, and in legal and regulatory frameworks. However, all mini-grids are not the same. This webinar highlights the important technical and non-technical features, as well as pros and cons of different technologies to create awareness on the need for differentiation of mini-grid systems.
Webinar II: Grid interconnection of micro/mini hydro mini-grids: What happens when the national grid arrives?
This second webinar in the series presents examples from Indonesia and Sri Lanka where micro and mini hydropower (MHP) systems have been successfully connected to the national grid and even benefited the local community.
Webinar III: Productive End Use of Mini-Grids using Micro/Mini Hydro – Three Examples of How to Make it Happen
This third webinar in the series focuses on PEU of mini/micro hydropower systems.
- the social and technical pre-conditions, such as load management and technical reliability, and options such as mechanical drive for agricultural processing
- the increase of load factor through PEU and corresponding increase of the economic viability of the system
- three examples of systems promoting productive end use in different countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal. It will present pros and cons of electrifying “existing activities” versus “new businesses”.