Micro-Grid conference in France

Organiser Didier Mayer

Conference manifesto: It is obvious that the conventional electricity grid will not reach the estimated 1.64 billion people in developing countries without access to electricity in the foreseeable future. Renewable energy, and in particular PV, will contribute directly to the alleviation of poverty through the provision of electricity for basic services.
However, some innovative solutions still need to be found to combine the access to electricity with a local development, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. In this respect, the optimal combination of all the local resources must be searched for.

Solar based hybrid systems and mini grids represent one solution able to provide energy service for the population of rural communities, as it has been already technically demonstrated.

At that level of development, feed back from the field is of paramount importance to evaluate issues such as operation and maintenance aspects, social behaviour of end-users.

Furthermore, some innovations are still needed on systems technology (modularity, scalability, …) and components (generators, converters, controllers, storage units, …) to facilitate the management of several non controllable power units feedinga common small grid.

It will be my pleasure to share with you these new advances towards the development of a competitive offer for rural electrification.”

– Prof. Dr. Didier Mayer
Conference Chairman

3rd European PV-Hybrid and Mini-Grid Conference
Start date: May 11, 2006
End date: May 12, 2006
Cost: 550 Euro/person
Location: Aix en Provence, France
The conference deals with the application of renewable energies and specially PV for the electrification of off-grid sites.

This event will be held at the Centre de Congres in Aix en Provence, France.

Contact: Gabriele Struthoff-Mueller, OTTI, Bereich Erneuerbare Energien, Wernerwerkstrasse 4, 93049 Regensburg, Germany

Tel: +49 941 29688 38
Fax: +49 941 29688 17
e-mail: gabriele.struthoff-mueller@otti.de

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