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3rd International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access

  • Fechas:

    Del 15/09/21 al 17/09/21

  • Lugar:

    Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Islas Baleares, España (mapa)

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Latest news!!!!!

Book of Abstract including Last programme now available:



Posters will be available in our virtual wall, stay tuned!

Important information about coronavirus

Due to the expansion of the coronavirus and the latest measures taken by the Ministry of Health (Spain), we share information of interest with the university community (venue) of the Balearic Islands.

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We are very pleased to inform you: The Book of Abstracts, including the final Programme with 42 lectures, 16 poster presentations and experts panel discussions is now online. The speakers come from over 20 countries and 5 continents - this gives a comprehensive overview of how people in the individual countries work on energy access and what solutions already exist. 

The conference is targeted to be presential, so we encourage all participants to visit Mallorca with the aim to guarantee the best networking possibilities. Nevertheless, for more convenience for participants we have put into place the technology to enable a hybrid format, so participants can meet face-to-face and online.

In addition, we are very happy to announce that the following side-events are confirmed

The 'Innovation Lab - Energy Access in A Crucible' will be hosted by Professor Jatin Nathwani of the ‘Affordable Energy 4 Humanity(AE4H)’ consortium.

The goal of the ‘Innovation Lab’ is to develop and stress test a specific set of solutions for rapid implementation in the context of energy access in a disadvantaged community. We will rely on the diverse, but, deep expertise that each participant brings to the lab. It is a dynamic learning platform that relies on a multi-disciplinary approach to provision of energy services for the very poor.


SIDE EVENT: Solarlunch

Manolo Vilchez and Julio Cantos will lead a Solar Cooking Event. Participants are encouraged to get involved, enjoy the meal and have fun together!


Conference Chair Message

On behalf of the Partner Organizations  and the Scientific Committee, we are pleased to welcome you to the third International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids to improve energy access, at the Unversitat de les Illes Balears in Palma, Spain on September 15-17, 2021.

The main objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for an exchange between practitioners from the industry, academia and development institutions working in the field of decentralized energy. The conference covers technical, business and management aspects of solar technologies and mini grids with the aim of sharing experiences, learning from each other and networking. 

The spread of the COVID19 pandemic in forced us to urgently postpone this 3rd edition of the conference that was about to take place in April 2020. All the abstracts had been reviewed, the programme had been closed and most of us had already scheduled our attendance. A majority of the participants asked us to resume the conference in a face to face format when possible. As conditions to travel got better in many countries but not all of them, we had to compromise between waiting for a longer period of time or redesign it into a reduced hybrid format that allowed also online participation. We have taken on the challenge of this second option and the programme has had to be dynamically rearranged as participants confirmed their choices. Also the venue has had to be adapted to ensure safety to face to face participants and remote participation to those that have not been able to travel. The effort by the conference secretariat has been intense and we appreciate for your comprehension.

Solar technologies (including photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies) offer a unique opportunity to provide access to modern energies to more than 1 billion people in rural areas worldwide. The pandemic has also provided lessons on the need to address development issues in a global perspective. Access to modern energy is an enabler and a necessity condition to improve the quality of life of households, to increase livelihood opportunities and productivity of enterprises and to professionalize the services of public institutions. However, access to energy should be embedded in cross-sectorial activities to achieve maximum impact. Thus, powering health centres and schools will only lead to better medical services and education if the necessary resources for appliances are available and proper management systems in place. Micro and small enterprises often invest in efficient equipment only if they have access to finance and to new markets. Solar crop drying or solar process heat can increase significantly the local added value of fresh produce. Mini-grids will transform rural communities if the full potential of the energy is used in the villages.

It is the intention of the conference to discuss the nexus of energy access with other sectors more in depth. The conference will also provide a forum to exchange experiences with the different business models in the field of solar technologies and mini-grids and innovative approaches. The conference will invite acknowledged experts to provide an overview about the status in different technology areas and give room to participants, which want to present their results from scientific research or experiences from the fieldwork.  

We as chairs would be pleased to welcome you to the conference and encourage you to actively contribute to a successful event. 

Xavier Vallvé

Dr. Carsten Hellpap

Trama TecnoAmbiental, Spain

iiDev, Germany



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