iGRID: Smart Grid Capacity Development and Enhancement in Tanzania

Prof. Nerey H. Mvungi ; Prof. Hannu Tenhunenm

01 January 2015

Abstract: A number of policies and initiatives made by the government of Tanzania is an effort to improve the livelihood of its citizens by making Tanzania a middle income country by 2025. The higher learning institutions have subsequently responded by re-dressing their vision and objectives to support the government move through training and research. One of the attributes of the University of Dar es Salaam vision 2061 is to focus more on research and postgraduate training in order to provide high caliber human resource for other higher learning institutions and the industry to address societal challenges required to achieve the goal of becoming a middle income country. One of the principle challenges to realize this vision of Tanzania is having reliable and affordable electrical power supply accessible to all for higher level of industrial investment and services. There are plans to (a) increase generation capacity to surpass demand (10 GW by 2025), and (b) to extend access to 60-70% in rural areas. However, the use traditional means to manage power network (i.e. monitoring and control) and its resources (only few intelligent meters and the SCADA system for the high voltage transmission network) makes delivery reliability poor. The expansion to the rural areas will pose an even greater challenge. Hence, the use of smart power grid is unavoidable. The iGRID research training programme intends to generate the necessary technical and scientific skills to ensure sustainable implementation of smart grid. iGRID plans to introduce taught PhD programmes focusing on society, innovation and entrepreneurship in iGRID aspects. The collaboration with the KTH ICT School will help to build capacity at the University of Dar es Salaam as detailed in the proposal. The iGRID project proposes to support 10 PhD students (8 taught PhD at UDSM and 2 sandwich), 4 staff for post doc training on PhD supervision and teaching PhD, 8 M.Sc. (taught M.Sc. at UDSM), remote training through video conferencing and emphasis on technology transfer from university to the society. The focus of the overall program is to integrate the knowledge triangle: education-research-innovation by the methodology and structures used in the proposal and interaction and integration to open innovation environments. Clearly sustainability after the project period can be achieved and institutional long term co-operation is enhanced via cotutelle agreement based double degree doctoral program.

Keyword(s): iGrid ; Proposal ; Project
Identifier(s): 10.15169/sci-gaia:1468335479.38

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