Mobile Electricity Delivery Systems (MEDS): A T&D supplement for Offgrid
- Aug 22, 2021 3:06 pm GMT
Mobile Electricity Delivery Systems (MEDS) is the starting of an innovative paradigm shift in renewable energy plus energy storage. It begins with the economic and engineering reasons why about 600m people lack electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The long term goal of MEDS is to convert about 50% of traditional electricity delivery fixed capital cost to variable operating & maintenance expenses (omex) that will eventually derive secondary businesses and employment opportunities through omex management, especially in offgrid regions. This would mean creating partnerships with the distributed renewable energy sector, energy storage equipment manufacturers & suppliers, trucking & transportation industry, and MEDS business developers for the sequential and timely delivery of containerized stored electricity to target consumers in residential, commercial and industrial settings with either direct or limited local distribution networks. This is feasible in offgrid communities without the capex burdens of #poles , #cables , #substations but with omex and its derivatives
The process starts today with #DiGESSCO, a MEDS micro-access solution that creates basic household electricity access in offgrid regions of developing countries. A pilot test for affordability and accessibility is in the making for #WestAfrica
DiGESSCO is Distributed Generation + Energy Storage for Commercial Offgrid. It is an innovative solution that I have developed with technical inputs from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Energy Production & Infrastructures Center(EPIC) Innovator competition as well as its Ventureprise Center’s commercialization seminar. Its value proposition is to create affordable electricity access in offgrid communities on “as needed” recharging operations of client portable energy storage carriers as displayed in image above. It is more of a process and operations innovation to create energy access. That is why it relies on existing renewable and storage technologies than reinventing.
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