DC Microgrids for Developing Regions (UC Berkeley)

Team Members: Yashraj Khaitan, Achintya Madduri, Matthew Podolsky and Javier Rosa

School: UC Berkeley

BI Filler Photo-01Like rural areas in many developing countries, India’s rural regions lack reliable electricity. Energy needs are often met by kerosene or highly inefficient power generators. This project will address this problem by developing micro-grids that will bring reliable, efficient and inexpensive electricity to regions of rural India. The project combines local, small-scale energy production facilities with innovative means of billing, storing and distributing energy to create a new “microgrid” system optimal for rural areas. The new microgrids will provide reliable, energy-efficient and inexpensive electricity to areas that were previously dependent on highly inefficient and expensive forms of energy.