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|Title: ||Feasibility study of biomass hybrid micro-plants for mini-grid based electricity services in rural communities in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Arranz-Piera, Pol|
Prempeh, Clement Owusu
|Issue Date: ||Jun-2015|
|Abstract: ||Electricity access is key in driving socio economic development. Since Ghana initiated its National
Electrification Scheme (NES) 20 years ago, access has risen to 72%, with over 88,000 communities yet to be electrified.
From 2006 to 2008, the Multifunctional Platform (MFP) programme provided mechanical energy services based on
diesel engines in 38 off-grid communities; yet these communities are rich in agricultural residues. International
experience has shown that decentralised power generation by biomass gasification systems is cost competitive for remote
villages with low load demand, and has the lowest environmental impact as compared to other conversion technologies.
Additionally, the Ghanaian Renewable Energy Law sets forth the possibility for distribution utilities to benefit from
renewable energy obligations in investments conducted in rural areas. This study was commissioned to investigate the
prospects of electricity service provision based on biomass gasification technology. To this end, the feasibility of using
agricultural residues to run a 24 hour mini-grid electricity service has been characterised in five MFP communities in
Ghana (Brong Ahafo and Northern regions). The institutions involved in this study, TEC-KNUST, KITE and IS.UPC are
partners in the diffusion of sustainable energy solutions, as a key action to eradicate energy poverty in the region.|
|Description: ||An article published by Pol Arranz-Piera...et.al in June, 2015|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Engineering|
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