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High-resolution global cost advantages of stand-alone small-scale hybrid PV-Battery-Diesel Systems

Catherina Cader, Markus Hlusiak, Christian Breyer

2nd International Conference on Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply, Berlin, Germany

Rural electrification is a crucial factor for the development of countries globally. A lack of access to an electricity transmission and distribution grid due to a remote location leads to a widespread use of diesel generators to produce electricity. This is cost-intensive and leads to high CO2 emissions. The present paper summarizes the results of a least-cost modeling approach which is designed to compare electricity generation costs from ubiquitous diesel generation with a hybrid PV-Battery-Diesel system. The inclusion of PV in the generation process will reduce the electricity generation costs in the long-term, as on a global scale many areas possess high potentials for PV applications through strong solar irradiation. Regarding the future, an energy system with a high share of renewable energies is the key to produce cost-efficient electricity.

DOI: ISBN 978-3-7983-2500-5

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