SIMbaLink: Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system

Nahana Schelling, Meredith J. Hasson, Sara Leeun Huong, Ariel Nevarez, Wei Chih Lu, Matt Tierney, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Harald Scḧutzeichel

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Abstract

Rural areas lack sustainable electrification solutions. Although solar solutions hold promise, they are fundamentally constrained by high maintenance costs (due to low user densities, equipment failure, poor handling) and a complete lack of accountability. In this paper, we describe our experiences deploying more than 5,000 Solar Home Systems in Ethiopia and the sustainability problems we faced. Towards developing a decentralized and sustainable solar solution, we have designed SIMbaLink, an extremely low-cost real-time solar monitoring system that significantly reduces both the maintenance costs and the time to repair. By explicitly exposing the real-time status of a solar system to all parties concerned, SIMbaLink addresses the lack of accountability and trust concerns. SIMbaLink can be easily integrated with existing solar systems and can reduce equipment failure rates through early detection of system malfunctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
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StatePublished - 2010
Event4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2010 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Dec 13 2010Dec 16 2010

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Other4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period12/13/1012/16/10

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Solar system
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Sustainable development
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  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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Schelling, N., Hasson, M. J., Huong, S. L., Nevarez, A., Lu, W. C., Tierney, M., ... Scḧutzeichel, H. (2010). SIMbaLink: Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system. In ICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development [2369260] https://doi.org/10.1145/2369220.2369260

SIMbaLink : Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system. / Schelling, Nahana; Hasson, Meredith J.; Huong, Sara Leeun; Nevarez, Ariel; Lu, Wei Chih; Tierney, Matt; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan; Scḧutzeichel, Harald.

ICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. 2010. 2369260.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Schelling, N, Hasson, MJ, Huong, SL, Nevarez, A, Lu, WC, Tierney, M, Subramanian, L & Scḧutzeichel, H 2010, SIMbaLink: Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system. in ICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development., 2369260, 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2010, London, United Kingdom, 12/13/10. https://doi.org/10.1145/2369220.2369260
Schelling N, Hasson MJ, Huong SL, Nevarez A, Lu WC, Tierney M et al. SIMbaLink: Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system. In ICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. 2010. 2369260 https://doi.org/10.1145/2369220.2369260
Schelling, Nahana ; Hasson, Meredith J. ; Huong, Sara Leeun ; Nevarez, Ariel ; Lu, Wei Chih ; Tierney, Matt ; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan ; Scḧutzeichel, Harald. / SIMbaLink : Towards a sustainable and feasible solar rural electrification system. ICTD 2010 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. 2010.
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