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Electricity for all: The contribution of large-scale planning tools to the energy-access problem

P. Ciller, S. Lumbreras

There is a huge need for investment for the electrification of rural areas in developing countries. Any effective approach to this enormous task requires strategic planning that combines diverse electrification modes: grid extension, mini-grids, and stand-alone systems. Advanced computer tools are necessary to support planners. This paper reviews the existing techniques, software tools, and approaches that can contribute to this job. We propose a comprehensive but compact mathematical formulation of rural electrification planning as an optimization problem. This general formulation establishes a common ground for a critical review of the different tools and solution methods and allows the identification of the primary research needs in this field.

Keywords: Electricity access; Rural electrification; Electrification methodology; Energy technology; Planning model; Software tool

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. Volume: 120 Issue: 109624 Pages: 1-16

JCR Impact Factor and WoS quartile: 10.556 - Q1 (2018)

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1016/j.rser.2019.109624    

Published on paper: March 2020. Published on-line: December 2019.

P. Ciller, S. Lumbreras. Electricity for all: The contribution of large-scale planning tools to the energy-access problem. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. vol. 120, no. 109624, pp. 1-16, March 2020. [Online: December 2019]

    Topics research:
  • Isolated systems: islands, microgrids, off-grid
  • Universal energy access and rural electrification

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