Can Homes Get 24 X 7 Power Supply in Developing Countries Today? While They Move to Close the Demand-Supply Gap

8 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2014

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Uma Jalapathy

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Date Written: September 12, 2014

Abstract

Several developing nations, particularly India, have severe power shortage during peak-consumption hours, which paralyse daily life. A quick solution would be to generate more power when needed, may be using oil or diesel. However, the cost of doing this is prohibitive and makes electricity unaffordable to large sections of people in many countries. While these nations enhance their power-generation capacity using lower-cost alternatives with a longer gestation period, the paper proposes a quick and viable alternative, which would enable supply of 24 x 7 power today in homes and at the same time, take the nations more rapidly towards closing their supply-demand gap. The solution intervenes both on the demand-side and supply-side to bridge this. It is based on an innovative solution, referred to as UDC, and leverages the fact that many Direct Current (DC) powered appliances are almost twice as energy-efficient as compared to their Alternative Current (AC) counterparts. It creates a demand-pull for customers to switch to energy-efficient DC appliances. At the same time, as a supply-side intervention, it creates a strong demand pull for economic decentralised solar installations at homes.

Suggested Citation

Jhunjhunwala, Ashok and Ramamurthi, Bhaskar and Jalapathy, Uma, Can Homes Get 24 X 7 Power Supply in Developing Countries Today? While They Move to Close the Demand-Supply Gap (September 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2526651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2526651

Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras ( email )

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy
Chennai, TN Tamil Nadu 600036
India

Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy
Chennai, TN Tamil Nadu 600036
India

Uma Jalapathy

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy
Chennai, TN Tamil Nadu 600036
India

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