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Design and implementation of off-grid solar electricity supply for a rural Zambian medical facility

Jones, Gwilym, Rogers, Daniel, Stevens, Jonathan and Thomas, Lee 2016. Design and implementation of off-grid solar electricity supply for a rural Zambian medical facility. Presented at: Power Africa, 2016 IEEE PES PowerAfrica. IEEE, pp. 73-77. 10.1109/PowerAfrica.2016.7556574

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This paper presents the development of an off-grid photovoltaic energy supply in Chongwe District, Zambia, which delivers electricity to a health post and three supporting buildings. The system includes 23.3 square metres of polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) panel with a peak output of 3.4 kW, and 21.1 kWh of storage using absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries. The design methodology for the original system, installed in 2012, along with that of a substantial upgrade in 2014, is discussed. Comprehensive system data from before and after the upgrade were recorded, over a period of fifteen months, allowing system performance to be analyzed in detail. The paper concludes with a reflection on the experience gained during the design and delivery of this project, which can be used as a model for the electrification of further health posts across Zambia and other parts of Africa.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: power 3.4 kW; off-grid solar electricity supply design; off-grid solar electricity supply implementation; rural Zambian medical facility; off-grid photovoltaic energy supply development; Chongwe district Zambia; health post; building; polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic panel; PV panel; absorbent glass mat battery; AGM battery
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 978-1-4673-9981-4
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:35

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