Solar and Storage – Digital Electrical Energy for Emerging Countries and Future Power Systems

Solar and Storage – Digital Electrical Energy for Emerging Countries and Future Power Systems

Three people on a solar cell roof at Haydom Hospital, Tanzania
Solar system at Haydom Hospital, Tanzania

Solar power and battery storage have grown significantly during the last decades, both in terms of technology evolution, prices compatibility and application variety.

Digital Electrical Energy (DEE) is the term that describes the incorporation of the dimension of intelligence and sustainability to the traditional facets of electric power engineering, by infusing information technology, communication technology, computer science, cybernetics, power electronics, and the revolutionary developments in e.g. photovoltaics, wind energy, energy storage, consumer flexibility and electrical transportation.

DEE and the digitalization of the solar sector is especially relevant for emerging and developing countries. It has the potential to accelerate electrification timeframes, improve service delivery, reduce electricity costs and redistribute social benefits.

The central investigative theme in this Village is multi-dimensional:

Dive into digital technologies that increase the use of solar energy and storage and therewith contribute to a ‘digital, green shift’ in the energy sector.

  • Explore the potential of digital technologies as enabler for electricity access in emerging or developing countries or future power systems.
  • Propose solutions to competing and conflicting concerns when investigating the barriers to ensure energy efficiency, security, reliability and sustainability.
  • Analyze the role of digital technologies when considering social, economic, political and environmental constraints.

The topic in this Village addresses primarily the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, but furthermore it contributes to the SDG 13 – Climate Action.

Relevant competency

  • All students are welcome, irrespective of their backgrounds. Groups will be divided keeping a balance of potential perspectives in mind.

About the village

  • Each group will autonomously define its topic within the village, supported by the facilitator team, if required. 
  • The questions raised in the ‘Introduction’ segment in this document are not limiting in their intended scope. Further specifics can be encompassed in the problem definition of individual groups.
  • Required statistics for decision-support are to be collected from databases, consolidated from different publications.
  • This Village collaborates with Engineers Without Borders Norway, the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster and the Renewable Energy Cluster
31 aug 2020

Fakta

Course Code: TET4853
Village: Solar and Storage – Digital Electrical Energy for Emerging Countries and Future Power Systems
Type: Semester-based
Language: English
Leader: Ida Fuchs
Contact: ida.fuchs@ntnu.no
Semester: Spring 2021

Important information about EiT:

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.