£600k UK-Nigeria energy catalyst project to create a local community energy scheme in Nigeria. A school will be provided with solar PV panels & battery storage to serve them and 15 houses nearby, who may also have solar installed.
This will provide clean, reliable and cheap energy for both the school and local community. NICE will be led by Qbots Energy with partners – VAYA Energy (Nigerian renewable energy company) and Manchester Metropolitan University (a leading research institute in smart grids and Peer to Peer Energy Trading), with a view of future commercialisation.
Demand-side management using virtual mini-grids is relatively new and evolving and the UK is a leader in such innovative technologies.