The Space4MicrogridsIndia (S4MI) consortium aims to assess and develop new operational and space application-based services for a wide range of users in the microgrid deployment chain. For S4MI, satellite-based services are essential to market success. So TNO’s expertise in satellite technology, data and energy were an ideal fit. TNO contributed its experience in atmospheric and energy modelling to form a crucial component of the consortium’s work.
In the first phase of the project, S4MI identified the development challenges rural microgrids face, such as smooth implementation, proper monitoring, timely maintenance and failure prevention. A feasibility study focused on addressing these challenges with satellite technology. S4MI consulted with many microgrid stakeholders – like potential end-users, utility companies, (local) governments and system integrators – to ensure that the solutions fit the challenges.
Bas Henzing, project leader: “After successful completion of the feasibility study, S4MI is ready to put the concepts to work. We will test two concepts, both with the potential to make microgrids more reliable and beneficial to all”.
S4MI will demonstrate the services in the microgrids of three key stakeholders whose input will help shape the strategic direction of the project. S4MI aimed to work with a variety of providers with similar yet distinctive energy offerings.
Global Himalayan Expeditions brings reliable energy to communities in very remote mountainous areas. GHE is also working in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognizes that satellite communication capabilities in the monitoring service can also strongly support Quality Education and Good Health and Well-Being.
Mlinda designs and installs minigrids over large areas, serving multiple villages. Environmental data is crucial for designing minigrids in these varied and monsoon-prone regions. The monitoring service will provide faster, more manageable insight into energy usage and loss, and weather conditions that can lead to shutdowns. Mlinda also supports entrepreneurship and agricultural activities, and so is interested in monitoring energy usage in this domain.
Tech Mahindra/Hygge a large, commercial energy provider will also be involved in the demonstrations. Improving energy production and distribution for a company of this size can provide sustainable, reliable energy to 200 million customers.