Talk: Off-Grid Power Systems in Developing Countries


Summary: Approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to the electricity grid. This form of energy poverty disproportionately afflicts those living in less economically developed countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. Achieving universal electrification through grid extension is optimistically decades away and might never be a viable option in rural areas. Instead, many communities will rely on off-grid electricity solutions in the form of renewable energy-powered microgrids. This presentation describes the role of microgrids and other off-grid solutions in providing electricity access. Technical design examples from microgrids in Zambia will presented.

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  • 13230 SE 32nd St
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • United States 98005
  • Room Number: Columbia & Bennett Room

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  • Contact: Darrell Ross, 707-496-8510 for information on this tour

  • Starts 06 November 2018 12:20 AM
  • Ends 27 November 2018 11:55 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge
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Dr. Henry Louie


Off-Grid Power Systems in Developing Countries


Dr. Henry Louie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. He is a co-founder of the non-profit organization KiloWatts for Humanity, which enables electricity access in energy-impoverished communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Louie is a 2015/2016 Fulbright Scholar to Copperbelt University in Zambia. He is the author of the book "Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries", published by Springer Nature.

Daniel Nausner


Off-Grid Power Systems in Developing Countries


Daniel Nausner has designed appropriate technology and rural electrification projects since 2013, leading the microgrid team at Kilowatts for Humanity from 2015 onwards. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University, and works at Grey & Osborne, Inc. 


6:00 pm – Networking and Light Refreshments

6:45 pm – Introductions and Technical Talk and Demo

8:00 pm – Adjourn