Energy Transition from Diesel-based to Solar Photovoltaics-Battery-Diesel Hybrid System-based Island Grids in the Philippines – Techno-Economic Potential and Policy Implication on Missionary Electrification (Ocon et al. 2019)
19. December 2018
6. January 2019

Geo-spatial Assessment of Mini-Grid Potentials in Nigeria

This project dealt with the identification of potential locations in Nigeria that are suitable for electrification with mini grids. RLI together with the project partner INTERGATION GmbH created a data basis consisting of already available and new data. Data was used from satellite images, freely available spatial data sets and OpenStreetMap to obtain information about the population structure and the electrification prerequisites. Subsequently, the data has been provided with attributes, which means that data on the location, the socio-economic characteristics of the locations and already existing power infrastructure was added to the geodata as additional information.

The information gathered was used to prioritize the sites and identify the sites which, due to their characteristics, are best suited for electrification using mini grids.

Project duration: August 2018 – January 2019

© Image: Ovinuchi Ejiohuo, The village down the hill, CC0 1.0

RLI assumed the following tasks within this research project:

  • Data preparation
  • Development of an algorithm for the determination of locations
  • Application of the algorithm
  • Prioritisation of locations

In this project, the following results were achieved:

  • The clustering algorithm has been improved
  • 188,014 clusters for entire Nigeria with sizes ranging from 1.1 hectar to 48,500 hectar have been identified
  • A short-list of most suitable clusters for mini-grid electrification has been provided to REA


Philipp Blechinger

Project Manager

Catherina Cader

Deputy Head of Unit