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Remote monitoring of off-grid renewable energy case studies in rural Malawi, Zambia, and Gambia

Dauenhauer, P.M. and Frame, D.F. and Strachan, S. and Dolan, M. and Mafuta, M. and Chakraverty, D. and Henrikson, J. (2013) Remote monitoring of off-grid renewable energy case studies in rural Malawi, Zambia, and Gambia. In: 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC). IEEE, 395 - 400. ISBN 978-1-4799-2401-1

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Increased understanding of off-grid renewable energy technology (RET) performance can assist in improving sustainability of such systems. The technologies for remote monitoring of RET deployments in developing countries are promising with various configurations and usages being tested. Recent applications of remote monitoring technologies in Malawi, Gambia, and Zambia are presented along with their respective strengths and weaknesses. The potential for remote monitoring applications to improve sustainability of off-grid RET is explored along with some theoretical directions of the technologies.