Hannes grew up in Germany and the U.S. and has lived in South Africa, Tanzania and Bangladesh. He is an energy and process engineer by background and holds a master’s degree in renewable energy systems engineering. Hannes pursues his PhD on peer to peer DC microgrids framed as “Swarm Electrification”, is part of the MicroEnergy Research Group (MES) and affiliated with the Department for Sustainable Electric Networks and Sources of Energy (SENSE) at the Technische Universität Berlin. Hannes has worked as a technical consultant for MicroEnergy International (Germany) on a number of projects in Asia and Africa undertaking technology, supplier and value chain assessments. Previously, Hannes worked for CAMCO (Tanzania), Schott Solar CSP (Germany) and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (Germany).
Presentation at LVDC for energy access conference in Nairobi 2017, by Hannes Kirchhoff
Title: Taking the Multi-Tier Framework further- a technology assessment layer.
Using the Multi-tier-framework (MTF) as the basis, the research presented outlines a technology assessment layer that integrates with the MTF. Different technology options for providing electricity access with LVDC are analyzed to highlight particularities of technologies targeted at the different tiers of the MTF. Building on this analysis we present a technology assessment layer that enables a technical review of any LVDC application targeted at delivering a service within the MTF. We aim for this presentation to be a discussion basis, seeking input from various stakeholders, to provide adequate input to standardization processes for LVDC that are suitable for the MTF.