Integrated Applications for Microgrids in Developing Economies

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  • EMITS referenceAO8891
  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Opening date31 October 2017
  • Closing date16 February 2018

Despite advances in overall global electrification rates, access to electricity is still far from achieved. As of today, 1.1 billion people remain without access to electricity, which includes over 550 million people in Africa and 300 million people in India alone (International Energy Agency, 2012), while an additional 1 billion people lack access to reliable electricity networks (United Nations Foundation).

Microgrids - distributed systems of localised generation, distribution network and load - are being increasingly deployed particularly in rural areas of emerging and under-developed countries to achieve energy access. However many challenges are restraining the growth of this sector, including numerous financial, technical and social limitations.

The objective of the feasibility study is to assess technical and economic viability of deploying services based on Satellite Communications, Earth Observation data, and/or other space assets to support the decentralised management of microgrids in India and other developing countries. The study will eventually propose a roadmap for service(s) implementation and demonstration.

The study will be supported by India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) that will contribute to collect requirements from Indian microgrids stakeholders and explore opportunities for service implementation and demonstration to be performed through a potential follow-up demonstration project.

Feasibility studies will be eligible for 100% funding, up to €200K, for nine months duration.

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Special Tender Conditions

Funded participation to this particular Invitation To Tender is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company (be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation) from the following ESA Member States:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Funding Scheme

Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

The applicable funding level of the individual prime- or subcontractors is subject to authorisation by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.


ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Feasibility Study 50% up to 100%*  
Demonstration Project 50%  
Kick-start Activity 80% 60 kEuro/ 64kEuro**
6 months

 * based on a consideration of the risks and maturity of the target market

** SMEs (i.e. enterprises fulfilling the criteria defined in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) or as updated) involved in Kick-Start Studies are funded at 80%