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Challenges on the Pathway to Introduce Hybrid Renewable Mini-Grids in Rural Villages in Northern Africa
M. Cabañero, D. Rutz, R. Janssen, G. Papadakis, E.S. Mohamed, G. Kyriakarakos, A.-W.S. Kassem, A. Linares, L. López-Manzanares, J. Bard, B. Panahandeh, A. Outzourhit, A. El Khazen, E. Kyritsis, S. Kyritsis
Hybrid, Monitoring, Rural Electrification, Microgrid
PV Systems
Subtopic: Off-grid Applications
Event: 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition / 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, 6-10 September 2010, Valencia, Spain
Session: 5DO.8.3
4942 - 4947
ISBN: 3-936338-26-4
Paper DOI: 10.4229/25thEUPVSEC2010-5DO.8.3
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Renewable Energy Hybrid systems are a sustainable energy source of electricity in remotes areas of northern Africa which are far away from the public grid. The only options to generate electricity in these areas are solar home systems which often provide insufficient supply or diesel generators with operation cost increasing considerably with the remoteness of the location. Hybrid renewable energy systems ensure sufficient and continuous electricity supply in rural remote areas with reasonable cost. The aim of the HYRESS project (Renewable Energy Systems for the Supply of Services in Rural Settlements of Mediterranean Partner Countries) was to design, install, operate and monitor renewable hybrid systems in rural settlements in three North African countries (Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco). This paper discusses the results of the technical, socio-economic and environmental monitoring for the three hybrid systems during its planning, installation and operation.