The objectives of ANRGI are a rapid increase of energy access in remote areas and a drastic reduction of losses and waste of energy, including polluting energy generation (diesel), and a natural replacement of combustion scooters with electric alternatives1, to be achieved by radical improvement of power quality.
A lot of research has been performed on the development of renewable energy sources and its storage and efficient power conversion. Optimizing these system to real life situations and reducing the complexity of interconnecting networks, the possibility of natural growing grids arises and is required for achieving universal electricity access2.
Conventional smart-grid research is founded on large distribution grids with a huge diversity of loads, and control in the minutes-range. We need a paradigm shift for micro-grids for remote areas and island configurations. Modern electronic equipment creates non-linear effects in the (sub)-millisecond range which is creating a drastic decrease in efficiency1, due to over-dimensioning of apparent power with respect the real power3. Furthermore temporarily large consumers are causing a peak in energy demand requiring in costly over-dimensioning. Overcapacity is not available in remote or islanded micro-grids and temporarily loads can result in a complete shut down of supply4.
Energy is already ubiquitously and acceptance of renewable energy is based on cost. ANRGI aims to increase affordability, decrease cost of ownership, and improve quality of supply. ANRGI will connect to existing energizing development projects like EnDev5. ANRGI will deliver novel technologies to improve power quality, will implement low-cost measurement techniques enabling energy sharing and adaptive growth, and will deliver testbeds using Tiny Houses, which will also be used for creating awareness for high-school students and general public, and will develop and make available/install community testbeds in Indonesia. ANRGI will deliver outreach activities using social media workshops and roadshows.
ANRGI will merge energy suppliers and energy consumers, via adaptive growth, of accessible and available energy, that is affordable, efficient and clean. The objectives are a drastic increase of energy access in remote areas via micro-grids, natural replacement of combustion transport with electric alternatives, and reduction of losses and waste of energy. The project will install testbeds in the Netherlands and Indonesia for validation as well as acceptance, and to increase awareness among the next generation as well as general public, and will develop outreach activities using social media.