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dc.contributor.author Brent, AC
dc.contributor.author Rogers, DE
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-26T13:36:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-26T13:36:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009-05
dc.identifier.citation Brent, AC and Rogers, DE. 2009. Renewable rural electrification: sustainability assessment of mini-hybrid off-grid technological systems in the African context. Renewable Energy (2009). pp 1-9 en
dc.identifier.issn 0960-1481
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3404
dc.description Author Posting. Copyright Elsevier, 2009. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Elsevier for personal use, not for redistribution en
dc.description.abstract The investigation summarised in this paper applied a sustainability assessment methodology on a renewable energy technological system in a rural village project that was commissioned by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy. The project comprised of wind, solar and lead acid battery energy storage technologies that were implemented as a mini-hybrid off-grid electrification system for the village. The sustainability assessment methodology predicts the outcomes of such interventions by way of a learning model using discipline experts in the fields of economics, sociology, ecosystem sustainability, institutional governance, and the physics and chemistry of energy conversion processes. The comparison of the project’s outcomes with a South African sustainable development framework shows that the specific village renewable off-grid electrification system is not viable. The main reason is that charges for electricity supply costs in village grids are too high for available subsidies; the economies of scale for renewable energy supply technologies favour national grids. The failure of the integrated system may also be attributable to the complexity of the social-institutional sub-system, which resulted in uncertainty for project planners and system designers, and the lack of resilience of the technological system to demands from the socio-economic and institutional sub-systems. Policy-related recommendations are made accordingly en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject Renewable energy en
dc.subject Sustainability science en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject Technology management en
dc.subject Technology assessment en
dc.subject Technology transfer en
dc.subject Sustainability indicators en
dc.subject Mini-hybrid off-grid system en
dc.title Renewable rural electrification: sustainability assessment of mini-hybrid off-grid technological systems in the African context en
dc.type Article en


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