Implication of Non-Conventional Rural Electrification Technologies on Electricity Distribution System Planning in Kenya: A Review

Conference: UPEC 2011 - 46th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference
09/05/2011 - 09/08/2011 at Soest, Germany

Proceedings: UPEC 2011

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Saulo, Michael J.; Mbogho, M. S. (Mombasa Polytechnic University College, Kenya)
Gaunt, C. T. (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

There is a growing need to understand the quantifiable relationship between setting up and how much non-conventional rural electrification technology would be 'right' for a particular power network. Using the cost reductive non-conventional capacitive coupling sub-station (CCS) coupled with Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) technology for rural electrification, introduces a mismatch in the reactive power supplied, which in turn affects the system voltage profile. Therefore, optimal penetration levels of these technologies need to be determined. This paper reviews and discusses the adoptability and implication of non-conventional rural electrification technologies on electricity distribution system planning in Kenya's Electricity Supply Industry (KESI).