Our mission is to bridge the digital divide. In order to achieve this, we focus on solving the challenge of access to reliable and affordable electric power. We aim to do so by taking advantage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) such as agent based algorithms, Internet of Things (IoT) and others, to design and implement smart autonomous solar-driven DC based microgrids that can serve small to medium off-grid communities in rural parts of Tanzania. Only 14% of the Tanzanian population has access to electricity in rural Tanzania. As a result, a large section of the population is left without access to the Internet and its related services. We believe current ICTs can be used to improve the power generation and delivery process. The iGRID research team which consists of MSc, PhD and Post Doc researchers from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and The University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, focuses on developing solar based power solutions that are more efficient, reliable and autonomous than existing solutions.
In this portal you will find information about our project, the team behind it, publications and presentations, educational programmes offered, news and events related to the project and different tools and applications used throughout the research process. If you are interested in participating in the project or need any additional information don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
The iGRID Research Project is focused on different aspects that enable smart autonomous microgrids. Researchers at different levels, who are members of the team, are working on these challenges. The following is the summary of these research activities:
Agent based control
The main focus of this research work is to deploy a smart microgrid in a provided area with no sources of electricity. The context involves the autonomous distributed system where there should be a means of research innovation and IoT through provision of solar driven DC microgrid of up to 48V DC. The system will be able to serve the off-grid community of 10-100 households which later on can be integrated in a high voltage AC/DC main grid when available. Agent based distributed control is a promising technology in the provision of autonomous system when interconnecting with the solar systems.
Smart microgrids are one of the new potential solutions that have been proposed to solve the challenge of access to reliable electric power, especially for off-grid rural communities, in developing countries. In order to realize these microgrids, one of the main challenges is a robust and reliable communication infrastructure, to enable different components in the power system to communicate with each other, and allow for smart control and management algorithms to efficiently manage the power distribution process, securely and autonomously. Thus, the main focus of this research is to design and implement a secure and robust communication system based on IoT technologies, that will support a smart 48V DC solar-driven microgrid for an off-grid community.
Upcoming News and Events
IEEE PES-IAS Power Africa Conference 2018 will organize a PG Forum on “Powering Africa: Affordable and Clean Emerging Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development”. The objective of the forum is to create a stimulating environment for graduate students to discuss their on-going research work with peers and experienced researchers from academia and industries. Dr. Imed Ben Dhaou, a researcher in the iGrid team is part of the organizing committee. PhD students from the team will also attend and present their research work and progress [...]