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Distributed Generation for Village of Hope

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Kate Du Mez, Moncef Krarti

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Paper No. ES2012-91377, pp. 1197-1205; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 23–26, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4481-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The Village of Hope is an orphan community located in rural Zambia. The community is made up of several buildings of a variety of uses and schedules. They are currently tied to the grid, which is unreliable due to rolling blackouts for 2 to 4 hours per day. The community is looking for a financially beneficial solution to their electrical needs. A system optimization and sensitivity analysis was performed to determine system recommendations for the community. It was found that wind turbine systems supplementing a grid connection is the most realistic solution for the Village of Hope. However, there were many other factors identified that require further analysis to be able to truly optimize the system.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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