Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Off-grid PV and rural electrification


IES-UPM has a long tradition in the participation of projects and programs focused on off-grid applications and rural electrification, being involved in this activity since the 1980’s. From the very beginning, the development of standard procedures and good practices has been one of our main concerns to promote user satisfaction and reduce installation and operating costs.

From the very small Solar Home System to large PV mini-grids, there is a wide range of applications for off-grid PV and a significant market in absolute terms. 

Our research activity covers a wide range of lines such as how to assure the reliability of these systems, energy management and maintenance to extend the life of batteries, integration and hybridation with other sources, grid quality improvement and power fluctuation reduction, the introduction of novel technologies in rural applications, social aspects of the technology,…