Hybrid Village Grids

What it is

Sunlabob’s Village Hybrid Grids (VHG) can be installed in villages of any size. Villages with a VHG are not connected to the main electrical network or “grid”, thus prior to the installation of a VHG they have no access to electricity. Multiple sources of energy (these can include, solar, hydro, batteries, generator or wind) supply the electricity requirements of the village. The different sources of energy are strategically designed to accommodate the fluctuating loads of the village throughout the day and night. VHGs are typically the best renewable energy option when it comes to providing energy 24 hours a day.

They offer a financially viable alternative to grid extension.

How it works

Within the hybrid system, Sunlabob combines solar, hydro, batteries, generator and wind resources and feeds them into the same village grid. The HVG utilises solar energy, which is always available during the day, and generators as back-up systems when water flow levels are low at different points of the year. This combination helps to go beyond improving living conditions and moves towards increasing income for households.

The electrification from local hybrid grids enables households and local industries to satisfy their daily energy needs. Formerly, the high acquisition and maintenance costs hindered a wide diffusion of these systems.

There had to be high subsidies in order to make the energy affordable to the majority of villagers who had unstable incomes.

Applications

VHGs are primarily installed in villages, hybrid grids can be installed at resorts/lodges, hospitals, farming estates, large workshops/factories.