Prototype Micro-grid as platform for education, training and research, CST, Phuntsholing
Prototype Micro-grid as platform for education, training and research, CST, Phuntsholing
The Royal Government of Bhutan approved the Alternative Renewable Energy Policy 2013. With this approval, the doors were open to a new world of opportunities for a more diversified and independent energy system through the development of alternative Renewable Energy solutions for provision of electricity especially in the remote areas of Bhutan. Among these alternative solutions for the provision of electricity, the concept of stand-alone Microgrid emerges as the enabling technology for reaching the isolated areas where the grid-based power has not yet arrived.
Microgrids can be composed by a single source of energy or by a hybrid combination of a number of them (Solar photovoltaic, wind, bio-energy, pico/micro/mini and small hydro) which will cooperatively produce electricity enabled and controlled by the appropriate interface technologies such as power electronics and their digital control units.
This project is about the deployment of a Prototype Microgrid based on 100% renewable energy (RE) within the premises of the College of Science and Technology (CST) of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). The purpose is education, training and research while locally producing autonomous electricity for the Phuentsholing General Hospital and saving money on energy costs. The deployment of this Microgrid is part of a larger endeavor between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Columbia University and the Royal University of Bhutan for the development of an International Master Programme in Renewable Energy and Hydropower expected to run from 2015-2020. This Prototype Microgrid will serve as the back-bone for education, research and academic exchanges to be integrated in the on-going plan for establishing the International Master Programme.
With completion of project in November, 2014, the microgrid system has provided uninterrupted power supply to the college library. The students and faculties have gained good exposure and knowledge by practically engaging themselves throughout project right from initiation to implementation. It is estimated that placement of microgrid system will save approximately 17600 units of electricity per year hence reducing electricity bill of college by approximately Nu.42768.
In addition, in long run, microgrid system will provide the college with basic physical and intellectual infrastructure that can be used for training manpower in Renewable Energy Sector. The project can be epitome institute in the country on creating awareness and knowledge on Microgrid system. The microgrid system has capacity to save approximately Nu.1,069,200 over the project of 25 years therefore, country/college can work towards realizing it.

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Project Snapshot

College of Science and Technology
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 47,700.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,085.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High sustainability: microgrid system lighting is used for providing electricity to the College Library. This project on microgrid system will be used as demonstration and educational subject for students, wider community of academicians, researchers and professional within and outside the country.
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SGP Country office contact

Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
009752322424 (ext:330)


UN House, Peling Lam (Street), Kawajangsa, Thimphu, P.O. Box No. 162
Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001