Energy access and energy consumption in developing nations have grown to be arguably two of the most indicative barometers of economic prosperity. Interestingly enough, there exists an inherent warning; greater energy consumption has historically been linked to increased emissions. As a result, countries around the world are developing short- and long-term plans to bolster efforts in renewable energy resources, advanced battery technology, next-generation metering, and improved infrastructure to help lower emissions. Doing so empowers working-class citizens by enabling a higher quality of life and improving the human condition.
How does it work?
Integration of data and data acquisition protocol has in large part facilitated higher levels of electrification in several locations around the world. Insight on where the electricity grid has the most acute need allows for best value procurement and enables savings for both asset owners and the end user. To integrate variable generation (VG) in the most effective manner, it is paramount to gather the right data.
The Sumba Iconic Island Project is one of many examples of how advanced data gathering and technologies improve access and quality of life in remote locations. Like many regions in Indonesia, Sumba has a chiefly rural population that is spread out throughout the island.
Serving approximately 650,000 residents, the island experiences significant sun, wind and hydro resources. Sumba’s holistic microgrid currently helps electrify approximately half of the island’s residents (up from 25% in 2010), but the goal is to provide access to reliable and 100 percent renewable forms of energy for all of the inhabitants of Sumba Island, 100% renewables by 2025, ending their dependency on fossil fuels. Without electricity, its children cannot do their homework at night, and families cannot run competitive businesses