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A Simulation Gaming Approach to Micro-grid Design and Planning: Participatory Design and Capacity Building

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Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies

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Existing micro-grid design and planning approaches tend to emphasize techno-economic assessments and lack community engagement, necessary for effective planning and implementation. New approaches must be employed to not only include significant social impacts of micro-grids beyond technical components, but prioritize human development objectives, participation and capacity building. A newly proposed simulation gaming approach to micro-grid design provides an innovative, participatory tool and process that incorporates social, organizational, technical and financial factors for improved design and planning. Additionally, the approach represents an experiential learning and capacity building exercise that teaches shared resource management and collaborative decision-making.

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To Dénes Csala (Masdar Institute) for his invaluable contribution in coding the beta version and developing its multi-user networking functionality in AnyLogic, and providing technical support during the trial.

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Abdullah, M.A., Kennedy, S. (2015). A Simulation Gaming Approach to Micro-grid Design and Planning: Participatory Design and Capacity Building. In: Groh, S., van der Straeten, J., Edlefsen Lasch, B., Gershenson, D., Leal Filho, W., Kammen, D. (eds) Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies. Springer Proceedings in Energy. Springer, Cham.

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