A group of ten members from the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) programme has proposed a new off-grid rooftop PV project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and sub-saharan Africa.
Announced at the YFEL stand on the second day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013 which is being held from 15-17 January, the project will seek to provide electricity to healthcare facilities in remote areas in the UAE and sub-saharan Africa.
The members put forward the idea of producing electricity from one of three renewable power generating options — a standalone PV system, a hybrid system integrating PV with another renewable source, or a hybrid system using PV combined with a fossil fuel generator. The system would produce enough electricity to provide a continuous, reliable and sustainable supply of energy to an entire hospital.
Muna Al Amoodi, Project Leader and a Senior Environment Officer at Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL), said: “Through this project, team members will be able to implement the principles of advanced energy and sustainability that they have learned about and put them into practice.”
Al Amoodi also added that team members would have the opportunity to learn about business challenges concerning renewable energy projects in developing countries.
As part of the project, one of two hospitals will be identified for the rooftop project. Although the focus this year is healthcare facilities, in the future, schools and households may be considered.
The off-grid solar power project will consist of two phases. Phase 1 will involve conducting a feasibility study addressing technical and economic issues regarding the proposed sites and the possible system designs. Phase 2 will involve the purchase, installation, commissioning and handover of the project, as well as maintenance and operational training, performance observations and a final project presentation.
The YFEL programme is part of the Masdar Institute's Outreach programme. It aims to encourage students to be “proactive champions of energy and environmental solutions”.