The 2021 Challenge for Utilities is open to projects owned by sub-Saharan African public electricity power utilities (including public Independent System Operators, power pools, regional organisations, energy regulators, rural electrification authorities and public organisations in charge of biomass resource preservation) in a partnership with an innovative technology/service provider.
Projects must address one of the following themes:
Universal energy access such as innovative off-grid solutions (mini/micro grids with energy management or storage systems for optimal use of clean, renewable energy, interconnections with the main grid or micro grids, energy metering or revenue collection); stand-alone systems (solar kiosks or kits); on-grid solutions (power capacity optimisation tools, grid extension tools, tools to increase customer connections).
Improvement of grid management and quality of service for reduction of losses and power outages such as digital tools that: reduce technical or non-technical losses (blackout risk analysis, reduction or management), improve power supply continuity or enhance quality service management.
Solutions enabling a high integration rate of renewable energy (RE) into the power system such as digital tools to connect RE to grid, manage RE production sites, implement interconnection dynamic line rating, mix renewable and non-renewable sources to optimize RE use, control and manage grid flexibility and stability, connect/disconnect RE capacities, forecast RE production or other services to the grid needed for higher RE penetration.