Methodology for Monitoring Sustainable Development of Isolated Microgrids in Rural Communities
AbstractMicrogrids are a rapidly evolving and increasingly common form of local power generation used to serve the needs of both rural and urban communities. In this paper, we present a methodology to evaluate the evolution of the sustainability of stand-alone microgrids projects. The proposed methodology considers a composite sustainability index (CSI) that includes both positive and negative impacts of the operation of the microgrid in a given community. The CSI is constructed along environmental, social, economic and technical dimensions of the microgrid. The sub-indexes of each dimension are aggregated into the CSI via a set of adaptive weighting factors, which indicate the relative importance of the corresponding dimension in the sustainability goals. The proposed methodology aims to be a support instrument for policy makers especially when defining sound corrective measures to guarantee the sustainability of small, isolated microgrid projects. To validate the performance of the proposed methodology, a microgrid installed in the northern part of Chile (Huatacondo) has been used as a benchmarking project. View Full-Text
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Rahmann, C.; Núñez, O.; Valencia, F.; Arrechea, S.; Sager, J.; Kammen, D. Methodology for Monitoring Sustainable Development of Isolated Microgrids in Rural Communities. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1163.
Rahmann C, Núñez O, Valencia F, Arrechea S, Sager J, Kammen D. Methodology for Monitoring Sustainable Development of Isolated Microgrids in Rural Communities. Sustainability. 2016; 8(11):1163.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rahmann, Claudia; Núñez, Oscar; Valencia, Felipe; Arrechea, Susana; Sager, Jalel; Kammen, Daniel. 2016. "Methodology for Monitoring Sustainable Development of Isolated Microgrids in Rural Communities." Sustainability 8, no. 11: 1163.
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