Mini-grid for village electrification : industry and African & Asian markets

Dec 03, 2018

Source/author : Infinergia Consulting

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Executive summary:

Since 2013, mini-grids, once scarce and fragmented, have seen a strong development with the advent of a structured market together with the development of greener models.

Particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and to a lower extent in Asia, industry actors, public institutions and national governments are developing frameworks and associations that help the mini-grid market to maturate.

On the industry side, component manufacturers (e.g. Genset, Power Electronics, Batteries) are taking part in this market by either developing internal solutions (e.g. Energy Storage Systems or ESS, Power Conversion Systems or PCS, turnkey Mini-grid) or by taking stakes in existing actors. Energy Management Systems, a central component of those systems, are also getting “smarter”. This allows for a better integration of hybrid systems in larger size projects and an optimization of costs.

In Africa, over 2 000 mini grids have been identified, solar projects accounting for 40% of those. Even if some countries like Tanzania have developed a strong regulatory framework, there is still a lack of regulations in most African countries. Nevertheless, with an enabling environment, by 2023, solar mini-grids are expected to scale rapidly to 16 000 sites.

In Asia, over 69 000 mini-grids have been identified (most of them being hydro or diesel). Solar mini-grids are mainly pulled by Indian initiatives and could rise from less than 2 000 projects in 2017 to over 15 000 by 2023


What is in this report?

This 103 slides report covers three main aspects of the mini-grid market:

  • Mini-grid industry:
    • Main definitions
    • Overview and analysis of the main actors along the value chain
    • Comparison of the different turn-key solutions (ESS, EMS, Mini-grids) and component technologies (Batteries, Power Electronics, EMS)
    • Analysis of the current industry trends
  • African market:
    • Comparison of the development stage on 20 African countries
    • Detailed analysis of the regulatory and policy framework of four key countries
    • Bottom-up market sizing of the African Mini-Grid market
    • Detailed market sizing and trends on four key African countries
    • Analysis of key projects
  • Asian market:
    • Comparison of the development stage on 11 Asian countries
    • Bottom-up market sizing of the Asian Mini-Grid market
    • Detailed market sizing and trends of four key Asian countries
    • Analysis of key projects

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For more information, download our detailed table of content, list of figures and slides presentation.

Key issues covered by this report

  • Who are the actors of the mini-grid industry (from component to system integrators to EPC and operators)?
  • What are the main Energy Management Systems (EMS) solutions available? For which use?
  • Who are the turn-key mini-grid integrators? What are their solutions?
  • What are the current strategies of the key actors?
  • Which countries have the most adapted framework to develop mini-grids?
  • What are the current and planned mini-grid projects in Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali? Who are the local actors?
  • What are the current and planned mini-grid projects in Indonesia, and Bangladesh or in the Philippines? Who are the local actors?
  • What is the size of the mini-grid market? How could it evolve over the next years?
  • Which countries could have the strongest development over the next years?
  • What are the opportunities and threats to enter national markets?

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