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EP/L002566/1 - ESCO Box: Smart monitoring, billing and control for pro-poor access to energy services

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Dr R Gammon EP/L002566/1 - ESCO Box: Smart monitoring, billing and control for pro-poor access to energy services

Principal Investigator - Institute of Energy and Sustainable Dev, De Montfort University

Other Investigators

Dr NS Wade, Co InvestigatorDr NS Wade

Scheme

Standard - NR1

Research Areas

Energy Networks Energy Networks

Start Date

09/2013

End Date

08/2016

Value

£843,943

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This lack of access to electricity is particularly acute in rural Africa. Despite major advances, connection over large distances from small communities to existing grids is costly due to the cables, substations and additional equipment required. By 2008, 40% of Africans had access to electricity, but in sparsely populated rural areas the average drops to a mere 22.7%, in stark contrast to the 80% global average. Although many individual sites in rural areas, particularly mobile phone masts, have their own generators, there has been a reluctance to extend these to create local electricity networks. The use of small, independent electricity grids, powered by renewable or fossil fuel generators, presents operational and financial challenges.

The proposed ESCoBox is thus indented to address financial and practical barriers to electricity access by enabling local agents to act as small (but expandable) Energy Service Companies (ESCos), by buying power wholesale from larger off-grid generators (e.g. mobile phone mast operators) and selling it to local customers. The ESCoBox is an enabling technology that will allow cross-sector innovation, from novel financing, to social interventions, entrepreneurial ventures and better designed technologies and services

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Grant Event Details:
Name: ESCO Box: Smart monitoring, billing and control for pro-poor access to energy services - EP/L002566/1
Start Date: 2013-09-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2016-08-31T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: De Montfort University

Description: This lack of access to electricity is particularly acute in rural Africa. Despite major advances, connection over large distances from small communities to existing grids is costly due to the cables, substations and additional equipment required. By 2008, ...