Decentralized Energy Generation Can Lead Cost-Effective Options for Expanding Resource Access
With more countries and communities pursuing full electrification for its residents, decentralized energy and other resource generation can lead the way in economic competitiveness.
An increasing number of success cases demonstrate the benefits of decentralizing the creation of resources, from pursuits in Japan to Illinois. To support spreading these models everywhere, and beyond providing safeguarded energy, Team Gemini provides industry-leading technology options for communities and resource-intensive businesses.
The aim is to build a modern utilities infrastructure that supports a Triple Bottom Line and can apply to rural as well as urban environments. Team Gemini project developments cover critical community resources like electricity, thermal energy, water, waste remediation, and more.
One of the most notable examples of effectively proliferating energy access is India, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.
India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history,” accounting for two or every five people newly electrified since 2000.
However, the report painted a future quite different from the centralized grid focus of the current Indian government, saying that decentralized systems, led by solar PV in off-grid and mini-grid systems, “will be the least-cost solution for three-quarters of the additional connections needed” to achieve full energy access before 2030.
“Over the period to 2030, new connections to the grid bring electricity to over half of those that gain access, and offer the most cost-effective means of access in urban areas, but decentralized systems are the most cost-effective solutions for over 70% of those who gain access in rural areas,” read the report.
“By 2030, renewable energy sources power over 60% of new access, and off-grid and mini-grid systems provide the means for almost half of new access, underpinned by new business models using digital and mobile technologies,” according to IEA.
Globally, the number of people without access to electricity fell to below 1.1 billion people for the first time in 2016, with nearly 1.2 billion people having gained access since 2000, 500 million of which were in India, the report said.
Specific to Team Gemini’s offerings in supplying these resources, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy and more), ABB (microgrids and resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and water conservation) contribute effective solutions. Beyond these, sustainable agriculture also comes into play, as food resources are critical for survival. Last but not least, the generation of bioproducts helps offset harmful effects of waste, turning a variety of feedstock into economic byproducts that can be applied for the benefit of the community—such as renewable energy, compost and fertilizer, biofuels, and more. These companies, among others, provide outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency needs for countless industries.
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