Integrated Applications for Microgrids in Developing Economies

  • EMITS reference17.1AA.01
  • OPPORTUNITYIntended Tender
  • ACTIVITYFeasibility Study

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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ESA Tender Information

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The consequential evaluation of proposals results in a recommendation for a winning bid. In the case that several proposals of sufficient quality targeting different and/or complementary aspects are submitted, the Agency reserves the right to place parallel contracts for each of the open competitive ITTs in coordination with the relevant national delegations and partners involved in case of external funding.

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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.

Activity

ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Tenderer and/or third party contribution

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Feasibility Study 100% 0%  
Demonstration Project 50% 50%  
Kick-start Activity 75% 25% 60 kEuro/
6 months