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EPSRC Reference: EP/P032230/1
Title: Efficient VERsatile Energy Services Solution Through DC - "EVERESST DC".
Principal Investigator: Bahaj, Professor AS
Other Investigators:
James, Professor PAB
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Department: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 03 January 2017 Ends: 02 January 2018 Value (£): 67,257
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Sustainable Energy Networks
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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EVERESST DC promotes a DC Micro-Grid Platform (DCMGP) encompassing a unique product and business solution for organisations seeking to provide modern energy services into energy-poor regions of the world. The solution is not just hardware, it is a partnership approach to modern energy access that actively engages end users, operators and stakeholders. All partners are assumed to be for-profit commercial organisations. This ensures long-term effectiveness without dependency on volatile external support. The DCMGP provides high value, low cost energy services (not just electricity) that are dependable, long life, low maintenance and sustainable. The ethos is for "Dependable Services", not just electricity, "Local Ownership", not external dependency and "High Value", not high capacity.

The core of the DCMGP is a dc supply system based on renewable energy. We will utilise solar photovoltaic systems which have been proven to provide long life, highly reliable, low-skilled maintenance, no emissions, silent operation and transparent performance.

The most appropriate - highest value - energy service solutions are those with the highest efficiency of generation, transmission and consumption. These characteristics sit at the centre of our proposal. Furthermore, energy efficiency is defined by people as well as equipment and the DCMGP engages with users to encourage efficiency as a natural way of modern energy life.

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