Remote microgrids for energy access in Indonesia—part II: Pv microgrids and a technology outlook

Desmon Simatupang*, Ilman Sulaeman Islahuzzaman, Niek Moonen, Rinaldi Maulana, Safitri Baharuddin, Amalia Suryani, Jelena Popović, Frank Leferink

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This paper is the companion paper of Remote Microgrids for Energy Access in Indonesia “Part I: scaling and sustainability challenges and a technology outlook”. This part II investigates the issues of photovoltaic (PV) systems with respect to the planning, design, and operation, and maintenance phases in microgrids in Indonesia. The technology outlooks are also included as PV has an important role in providing electricity in the underdeveloped, isolated, and border areas. The data in this paper are from PV microgrids located in Maluku and North Maluku, which are two provinces where there is barely any grid connection available and thus very dependent on remote microgrids. The data are obtained from interviews with Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and NZMATES, which are an Indonesian utility company and a program for supporting role for the PV systems in Maluku funded by New Zealand respectively. Common issues with respect to reliability and sustainability are identified based on the provided data. Advanced technologies to increase reliability and sustainability are also presented in this paper as a technology outlook. Among these solutions are online monitoring systems, PV and battery lifetime estimation, load forecasting strategies, and PV inverters technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6901
Number of pages18
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2021


  • Maluku and north maluku
  • Microgrids
  • Photovoltaic
  • Technology outlook


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