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Plant for Africa and Renewable Energy

Energy for Life: Electrical Wiring and Renewable Energy Plant Design for Small-Scale Health Facilities in Africa
  • Giorgio Barbaglia
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Part of the TELe-Health book series (TEHE)

Abstract

Mini-grid, micro-grid, smart grid, and renewable energy are the mantras of this last decade in the energy sector. These types of hybridization of the traditional electrical grid are a real chance for the future, together with a wider energy mix. Focusing on Africa, these advances offer a big opportunity for emerging countries, giving a chance for development without incurring the past (and present) errors of the “developed” countries.

For the DREAM Health and Telemedicine Program, keeping a high standard in treating diseases in ten African countries has meant, from the very beginning, facing the problem of an absent or unstable power grid supply. From the very beginning of DREAM, we had a “solar dream” and we finally had the opportunity to use a renewable source of power in 2012 when upgrading our electrical installations. We started in Malawi, with the use of hybrid solar–grid–diesel power plants.

DREAM’s installations are positive, visible, and durable examples that demonstrate it is possible to join the health sector with the most recent power generation technologies and provide a good health service with less impact on our planet’s resources.

Keywords

Renewable Energy Solar Hybrid Micro-grid Power Electricity Climate CO2 Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.‘DREAM Program’, Community of Sant’EgidioRomeItaly

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