Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)

- GESS III: PV Off-Grid Systems - from Stand-Alone to Hybrid Mini-Grids

The current trend in rural electrification using solar PV systems moves in two major directions: Small systems using innovative ownership and financing models (e.g. PAYGO) and larger mini-grids where conventional power sources (e.g. Diesel generators) are being hybridized with or fully exchanged by solar PV systems combined with large Li-Ion storage systems. In your training at RENAC you will focus on the technological aspects of both developments. This will enable you to talk at eye level to consultants, experts and solution providers. Going beyond technological aspects, we will facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences on key success factors for rural electrification. Hands-on exercises and working with real-life equipment in our training center will enrich your learning experience and is always named one of the highlights of a training at RENAC by our participants.

  • Rural electrification with PV off-grid systems
  • PV-diesel hybrid mini-grids (with and without energy storage)
  • Project risk analysis, mitigation strategies
  • Financial analysis and business models
  • Hands-on work with solar equipment, incl. the assembly of your own PV off-grid systems
  • Site visit to a PV off-grid system

  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition
  • Qualified trainer with wide experience in the industry
  • Up-to-date theoretical lectures, case study, discussion, partner work
  • State-of-the-art practical training (calculations, hands-on exercises)
  • Use of our self-build practical training rigs, representing each technology
  • Field trips with inspections of power plants, buildings etc.
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 10% discount for early bird registration

This training suits those who:

  • Are staff of international development cooperation organisations, REAs, development banks, private companies, etc.
  • Desire to be involved in rural electrification projects using solar PV
  • Have no solid solar PV knowledge base

Qualification level:

No pre-requisites

After the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate suitable applications for PV off-grid systems
  • Evaluate options to replace an existing (diesel) generator with a PV off-grid system.
  • Size a solar PV array and battery storage (lead-acid and Li-Ion) to meet the energy demand of a rural electrification project
  • Wire-up a small off-grid system and test its functionality
  • Assess key success factors for rural electrification projects

Duration: 5 days (from 09:00 - 17:00 each day)

3 days theory
1,5 days practical hands-on exercises
0,5 days field visits

Dr. Emilienne Tingwey
Project Director Face-to-face Trainings
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 52
Email: tingwey[at]

Fore more information and to register visit our website.

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