Jul.2021: New PV minigrids planning module
In order to provide more detailed and accurate electrification options, the latest version GEOSIM 5.6 now includes a new and improved planning module for PV electrification options that strengthens the previous approach of solar mini-grids.
3 mini-grid configurations can now be studied:
- PV Hybrid Diesel Project: diesel generator with solar hybridisation. From a solar point of view, this module is equivalent to a grid connected system, the hybridisation reduces the load on the diesel, which however remains in permanent operation.
- PV/Battery/Diesel: Solar, batteries, diesel. Solar based mini-grid with diesel support to ensure a certain quality of service.
- PV/Battery: Solar, batteries for smaller mini-grids
The discounted levelized cost study can also be carried out on the long term with a more precise and geospatial estimate of the solar potential, calculated per site and derived from the solar maps available on the internet (GlobalSolarAtlas...)