Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-883C2: Special Topics in Energy Systems: Off-Grid Electricity Systems




Over one billion people in the world still lack access to electricity, many of them out of reach of the electricity grid in the near term. This course will explore the technologies and architectures used to provide electricity services in off-grid regions of the developing world including mini/microgrids and solar home systems. Basic system design principles will be discussed and applied. Students will use HOMER modeling software to characterize the performance and economic viability of off-grid electricity systems. In addition to studying off-grid technologies, the course will also explore the context in which these systems are deployed, their role in enabling development, and policy challenges to implementation.

In Fall 2019 his course is broadcast from the CMU-Africa campus. ECE Pittsburgh students attend classes synchronously with students in Rwanda.

Last Modified: 2019-04-30 8:55AM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2019