Sustainability Evaluation of Scottish Islanded Mini-grids : Towards Asset Management Strategies for Remote Off-grid Energy Infrastructure

Eales, Aran and Smith, Kyle and Galloway, Stuart (2020) Sustainability Evaluation of Scottish Islanded Mini-grids : Towards Asset Management Strategies for Remote Off-grid Energy Infrastructure. [Report]

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Abstract

The delivery of reliable electrical services in remote locations around the world face sustainability challenges in techno-economic and social aspects of planning, design and operation for private, community-based organisations as well as local and national governments. This study aims to increase the positive social and economic impact of renewable energy mini-grids through addressing their sustainability challenges by evaluating seven existing islanded mini-grids in Scotland. The purpose of the study is to inform mini-grid asset management strategies and frameworks, identify opportunities to reduce the management burden on local communities, propose a pathway towards long term financial viability for the mini-girds, and capture operational lessons learned for sharing with other mini-grid organisations internationally.

ORCID iDs

Eales, Aran ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9090-529X, Smith, Kyle and Galloway, Stuart ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1978-993X;