Over one billion people throughout the world do not have access to grid electricity. This is creating a global Solar Home System (SHS) market of USD15 billion dollars in off-grid areas. At present, there are 6 million SHS installations with the largest market (over 3.5 million) in Bangladesh. The key components of a SHS are a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel, a charge controller, and a deep-cycle battery. The tubular design of lead–acid battery has set the record for long-lasting and best performance, namely, a service life of over 8 years in remote rural homes. The presentation will share techno-commercial information to substantiate a cost–benefit analysis that outweighs all other battery technology and delivers energy at a cost less than that of kerosene. Other benefits include better health and environmental conditions together with the provision of lighting, mobile phone operations and television connectivity. Opportunities for the lead–acid battery industry in the expanding SHS market will be reviewed.
Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited
Biography: Mr. Munawar Misbah Moin — a graduate of St John’s University, Minnesota, USA — is the Managing Director of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited where he leads the Solar PV and Energy Services Business. He has over 20 years of experience in both renewable solar energy and lead–acid automotive and industrial battery manufacture and marketing.