Developing for developing nations: Exploring an affordable solar home system design

Nishant Narayan, Jelena Popovic, Jan-Carel Diehl, Sacha Silvester, Pavol Bauer, Miro Zeman

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Developing technological solutions for the developing nations is more than simply re-sizing a prevalent solution from the developed world. Not only the environmental conditions, but also the technology usage varies greatly between the developing nations in sunnier latitudes around the world and the developed nations of north-western Europe. This paper sheds light on the various technical and non-technical factors to be considered for designing a standalone PV system for low-income households in emerging economies. The significance of the battery in a low-cost PV system is examined and the role of power electronics in such a system design is highlighted. Finally, the paper proposes a system design methodology. This paper presents an overview of the current initiatives in the Solar Home System landscape, and identifies gaps that can be potentially filled by technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Pages 474 - 480
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2432-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
EventGHTC 2016: IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference - Seattle, United States
Duration: 13 Oct 201616 Oct 2016
Conference number: 6


ConferenceGHTC 2016
Abbreviated titleGHTC
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Batteries
  • PV systems
  • Solar Home System
  • Base of Pyramid
  • Rural electrification
  • SHS
  • BoP
  • battery storage
  • off-grid electrification


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