Microgrids planning for residential electrification in rural areas

Rahmat Khezri, Amin Mahmoudi, Mohammad Hassan Khooban

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Microgrids are a valuable option for residential electrification in rural areas. Diversity of electricity generation technologies, application of renewable energy resources, and advancements in energy storage technologies have granted more flexibility to integrate microgrids in rural areas. An appropriate microgrid with a suitable generation storage system can be designed on the basis of the geographical specifications of the rural area and the availability of the system components in the region. However, owing to the high cost of the new technologies, the optimal planning of residential microgrids has attracted more attention. Optimal planning or design of microgrids is accomplished to achieve the minimum price with the highest reliability and lowest environmental emission. In this chapter the projection of residential microgrids is discussed. The system structure and relevant components are introduced. The residential microgrid's optimal planning procedure with required input data, objective functions, and design constraints are explained. The application of HOMER software as powerful software for optimal residential microgrids is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResidential Microgrids and Rural Electrifications
EditorsSanjeevikumar Padmanaban, C. Sharmeela, P. Sivaraman, Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780323901772
ISBN (Print)9780323904506
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Electrification of rural areas
  • Energy storage system
  • HOMER software
  • Optimal planning
  • Renewable energy
  • Residential microgrids


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