Minigrids in Africa: Future of Minigrids in Africa

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This course presents and explores issues related the long-term future of minigrids in Africa. Following a review of the current and future potential of using minigrids to provide energy access to unserved communities, the issue of grid encroachment is introduced. The economic and commercial implications of grid encroachment is outlined, and solutions are proposed to address it and avoid the potential of stranded assets. The course discusses the need for clear policies and regulations for microgrid development and outlines the issues to be considered. Finally, perspectives are offered on future directions for research and development to address the opportunities and challenges for microgrid deployment in Africa.

What you will learn:

  • Discuss grid encroachment
  • Review the economics of microgrid faced with grid encroachment
  • Consider policy and regulatory issues
  • Examine Future Directions for Research and Development

This course is part of the following course program

Minigrids in Africa

Courses included in this program:

Who should attend: National grid engineers and managers, minigrid engineers, minigrid project managers, minigrid developers and entrepreneurs, policy and regulatory authorities


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Dr. Joseph Mutale

Dr. Joseph Mutale is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Engineering Institution of Zambia. He is the co-founder and former Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities. In addition, Dr. Mutale is Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Energy and Electric Power Systems at the University of Manchester in the UK. He is a former Director of Engineering Development at ZESCO, the Zambian National utility, as well as a Senior Partner and Energy Lead at Paeradigms LLC.

Dr. Bruce Krogh

Dr. Bruce Krogh is a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and IEEE Centennial Medal awardee, and lived for six years in Kigali, Rwanda, as founding director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa, a branch campus of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. Before joining Carnegie Mellon University, he worked as an engineer in the Energy Systems Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, which publishes papers on control system innovations in powers systems and other applications.

Publication Year: 2023

ISBN: 978-1-7281-7848-6

Minigrids in Africa: Future of Minigrids in Africa
  • Course Provider: Educational Activities
  • Course Number: EDP706
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH