The department’s range of services includes planning, management and execution of projects in the energy sector in developing countries and in NICs (Newly Industrialized Countries). The focus of our efforts lies in supplying energy to rural areas utilizing environmentally-sound renewable energy sources. The department has gathered years of worldwide experience in small-scale hydro-power utilization through its involvement in international cooperation projects. Photovoltaic systems and biomass utilization are increasing the department´s project activities.
In the energy and resource management sector all phases of the project cycle are given equal importance:
Rural electricity-supply concepts for both small isolated grids and national grids,
Energy utilization concepts for handicrafts and small scale industry, agro-industry and for residential rural electricity supply,
Dissemination concepts for RE-technologies,
Rational Use of Energy (RUE) concepts for industry and agriculture.
Analysis of energy demand and RE-potentials,
Site-investigation for projects,
Environmental impact assessment (EIA),
Economic and financial analyses,
Development of financing concepts,
Evaluation of project executing institutions
Advising political decision-makers in the energy sector,
Advising national and regional utilities, ministries and related authorities,
Supporting and advising private-enterprise initiatives in the energy sector, such as energy cooperatives, local utilities etc.,
Educating technical and management personnel in the planning and execution of energy projects, including the training of plant administrators, officials and operational staff,
Advising local manufacturers, particularly in technology transfer and quality control,
Project monitoring and evaluation.
The supplying of energy as an isolated measure, especially electricity in rural areas, does not in itself lead to any long-term sustainable development.
Rural electrification is considered a supplementary supporting measure integral to the development of other basic infrastructure components such as health facilities, schools, transportation systems, support systems for rural production and marketing, etc.
High initial investment with only a relatively small increase in energy demand make the planning and implementation of rural electrification projects, particularly the economic aspects, rather difficult. In addition to the economic requirements, the supply, distribution, and utilization of electrical energy also needs to meet environmental compatibility.
Environmental impact and economic factors have become increasingly important criteria in determining which future rural energy projects should be furthered.
Projekt-Consult GmbH develops and implements concepts for executing projects, placing emphasis on solutions which are both financially and environmentally favorable. The increased utilization of renewable energy sources represents a promising and viable option for meeting future rural energy demands. In concrete terms, this means that Projekt-Consult GmbH takes into account all the relevant areas of all the sectors affected by, or critical to, energy production, supply and/or utilization. In the field of small-scale hydro-power utilization, project concepts not only take into consideration the drinking water supply and irrigation systems on the energy production side, but also the village handworkers and craftsmen, small-scale industries and other decentralised consumers in regard to energy use.
Activities of the Department (Extract):
Bangladesh: Monitoring of National Program of Rural Electrification by Solar Home Systems Technical and financial monitoring of nationwide installation of Solar Home Systems including supervision of battery recycling. On behalf of IDCOL and KfW, 2007-2009 (more)
Mali: Elaboration of comprehensive Regional Electrification Plans for Mopti and Ségou Province as well as assistance for tendering and assignment of Concessionaires. On behalf of AMADER and KfW, 2006-2009
China: Design assistance and elaboration of a conceptual framework for the national photovoltaic Village Electrification Program (SDDC - Song Dian Dao Cun) as well as design of implementation arrangements for the provincial Village Electrification Program in Xinjiang. On behalf of NRDC/GEF, 2007-2008
Vietnam: Assistance to the Vietnam-Sweden Rural Energy Program, Project design for a PV-Hybrid System on Bai Huong Island of Vietnam. On behalf of ENTEC/VSRE, 2007-2008
Bolivia: Promotion of Renewable Energy, implementation of 17 mini- and micro-hydro power plants in different rural departments of Bolivia, establishment of local RESCOs, capacity building. On behalf of VMEM and KfW, 2006-2009
Supra-regional country study (TERNA): Energy-policy Framework Conditions for Electricity Markets and Renewable Energies, analysis of local and regional energy sector situation in 23 selected countries. On behalf of GTZ, 2006-2007 (more).
Nicaragua: Appraisal mission for a new hydro power project on behalf of DEZA, 2006
China: Implementation of provincial Solar Energy Programs of the Sino-German Financial Cooperation on rural village electrification in four western provinces (Xinjiang, Yunnan, Qinghai, Gansu) by means of PV-diesel hybrid plants including village mini-grids. Turn-key approach: tendering and selection of provincial system integrators, quality control of installed systems and after sales service, technical and financial monitoring, project management and assistance to KfW and the Chinese Ministry of Finance, 2002 - 2009 (more).
Morocco: Decentralised rural electrification by 16,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS). Advisory services to the national utility ONE (Office National de l’Electricité), lead consultant of the consortium together with ENTEC AG /Switzerland and RESING/Morocco. On behalf of ONE and KfW within the Moroccan-German Financial Cooperation, 1999 – 2007 (more).
Cuba: Energy Efficiency Prject in the Cuban Industry (RECIC - Reducción del Consumo de Electricidad en la Industria Cubana) Implementation of measures for reduction of electricity consumption in the Cuban industrial and public sector through demonstration of modern lighting technologies and development of models for their commercial application. Development and operation of a revolving fund for investment projects in the lighting sector. On behalf of DEZA, 2002-2004
China: Appraisal mission and feasibility study for a new project in the field of hybrid photovoltaic/ diesel village power stations in Western China, up to 150 village power stations (german contribution: 10 mio Euro), on behalf of KfW, september 2001.
Carribean: Carribean Renewable Energy Developing Project (CREDP) on behalf of GTZ and CARICOM. Policy advisory and investment enhancement, institutional capacity building, fund management of a revolving regional RE fund in 16 caribbean territories in the field of renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, hydropower). 2003-2008 (more).
India and Morocco: Innovative risk coverage and financing mechanisms for CDM projects in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, biomass and solar thermal energy. project evaluation in the focus countries jointly with French, British and local partners, identification of case to case financing options, assistance to project developers in CDM cycle. 2003-2005
Caribbean: Feasibility study and project design of a renewable energy devopment project. On behalf UNDP/ Caribbean Energy Information System, 1999-2000
Guinea/Conakry: Advising the Ministry of Energy/Labé Office in the utilization of small-scale hydro-power for supplying water by means of hydraulic rams. Training of Guinean technicians and craftsmen in the planning, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of hydraulic rams.
Member of the Editorial Commitee of the ‚MHPG Insert: Policy and Practise‘ in the ‚International Journal Hydropower & Dams'.
Papua New Guinea: Advising the Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy Development, training of engineers and technicians in the planning, execution and operation of small-scale hydro-power projects as well as in the application of photovoltaic systems
Solomon Islands: Advising the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mineral Resources and the Solomon Island Electricity Authority (SIEA) in the improvement of the urban and rural electricity supply in the Solomon Islands; site investigations and planning of small-scale hydro-power plants on different islands, construction and operation of a hydropower plant in Santa Isabel, advisory service to the Ministry in the formulation of the Rural Electrification Policy.
Chile: Advising NGO's, cooperatives, local manufacturers and government institutions on rural energy supply by offering „Know-how“ and training technical personnel.
Brazil: Advising the electricity utility CEMIG in the state of Minas Gerais on the improvement of the rural energy supply through rational use of energy and the utilization of renewable energy sources (PV, thermal solar energy, small-scale hydro-power).
Philippines: Advising the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) on the improvement of the electricity supply to rural households utilizing solar and hydropower energy
Financing of solar home systems in developing countries: Study on behalf of on behalf of GTZ, 1998/99 Advising the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) on the improvement of the electricity supply to rural households utilizing solar and hydropower energy
Dominican Republic: Preparation and implementation of the ’seminar sustainable energy seminar for ACP island states within the framework of EC development co-operation’ in the Dominican Republic, on behalf of European Commission, june 2001
Dominican Republic: Appraisal mission and feasibility study for a new project in the field of renewable energy technologies in the Dominican Republic, on behalf of GTZ, october 2001
Caribbean renewable energy development project (CREDP): Finalisation of the project documentation, preparation and implementation of the final steering committee meeting, co-ordination of the endorsement process of participating countries, on behalf of UNDP Guyana, november 2001
Grenada: Consultancy service to the government of Grenada/ Ministry of Energy in the amendment of the electricity act, consideration of renewable energies in the legislation, formulation of rules and regulations under special consideration of incentives for renewable energies. Private client, november 2001
Assessment study of calculation models for GHG emissions applied by international organisations, based on case studies in the field of renewable energies. On behalf of GTZ, 2001/2002