What is iGrid ?
iGrid is a Smart Grid Capacity Development and Enhancement in Tanzania
The training programme
The iGRID research training programme is intended to develop human technical and scientific capacity to facilitate implementation of automation of
- control and
of electrical power system (smart grid) in order to improve delivery efficiency and to optimize operational costs in the electrical power system in Tanzania.
It is intended to emphasis the utilization of the triangulation of training, research and innovation in order to generate a new breed of graduates that focuses on societal needs, relevance and in providing innovative solutions that invokes critical thinking.
About smart grids
Smart grid realization has multiple dimensions that need to be addressed simultaneously to ensure success. It includes addressing communication challenges and its related attributes, addressing security concerns liked to data of individuals, businesses and companies, and to conduct studies on interfaces (like machine‐to‐machine interfaces) and facilities for monitoring, measuring and control of the grid and its facilities. Handling big data is an issue in smart grid that has to be addressed. It is perceived that internet‐of‐things (IoT) is vital in smart grid hence study on this areas forms an essential part of smart grid.
The special needs of smart grids
There are a number of isolated power grids that is an integral part of the Tanzanian electrical power system (referred to as micro grids). Their automation challenges differ from those of the national electrical power grid network. There are also localities without power to enable residents even to charge their mobile phones.
They cannot be ignored in creation of better living environment and social inclusion for all. This research training programme banks on human capacity development that has clear focus on knowledge triangle integration: education research‐innovation and support for co‐creation and co‐innovation in form of challenge project driven education, doctoral training centers, and connection to OpenLab environments.
iGrid project goals.
The project shall develop capacity to effectively and efficiently supervise PhD and M.Sc. students in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at the University of Dar es Salaam through PostDoc training of 4 of its staff in Sweden and 4 others here at UDSM by Swedish experts. A taught PhD programme curriculum will be developed and students admitted from the second year of the programme of whom eight are expected to receive support in this programme. The rest will be self‐sponsored. To enlarge catchment area for the PhD programme intake an M.Sc. programme shall be developed and eight of the applicants to this programme shall be sponsored through this project.
It is intended to focus in the initial stages in three geographical areas: Dar es Salaam underserved areas, Serengeti and Kilimanjaro where the different research teams shall be formed combining M.Sc. and PhD students to study the local environment conditions for each case to be able to develop appropriate requirements from which to define the challenges and its attributes. The aim is focusing on society, innovation and entrepreneurship in iGRID aspects by engaging the society and stakeholders from the initial stages of the studies. Also, we wish to emphasis on technology transfer from university to the society by adopting elements of the Technology‐Transfer‐Alliance (TTA) training mode.
To effectively utilize capacities from both institutions a video conferencing facility will be installed at the University of Dar es Salaam so that technology can virtually reduce distance between our institutions in co‐supervision, management of the project and in delivery of some courses.
Dissemination and Travel
International exposure shall be guaranteed in this project through participation in conferences and workshops to present research finding and meet peers in the field and the link with our collaborating partner KTH. KTH staff shall give lectures to our students at UDSM premises, our staff shall study at KTH, there will be exchange of short‐term visit by supervisors from both sides and UDSM PhD students shall make research visits to KTH for a duration to be mutually agreed upon depending on availability of additional funding. Currently, it is planned to last for two months.