This article represents a summary of the paper Sizing and Optimization of Hybrid Mini-Grids with micrOgridS – an Open-Source Modelling Tool (Berendes et at.) which was accepted for the 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop in Tenerife, Spain, May 9th/10th 2018. An edited version appeared in Windtech International Magazine, Issue No.5, Vol. 14 in August 2018.
Hybrid Mini-Grids (HMG) are an ideal solution for remote settlements without energy access. HMGs are typically sized and optimized with commercial software that comes with the usual limitations and lacks of transparency. Reiner Lemoine Institute has attempted to develop an open-source alternative to standard software for modeling and sizing HMGs.