Reena Sayani

School of Architecture

PhD Research Student

Reena Sayani

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Reena Sayani
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I have obtained a master's degree in Physics and three years of research work experience prior to joining SSoA as a Graduate Student in October 2018. I have also undertaken a training on environmental sustainability conducted by Grantham Center for Sustainable Futures.

Research interests

Project title: 
Optimizing energy services in rural mini-grids

Project outline:
Off-grid renewable energy services, especially standalone mini-grids, have the potential to uplift the quality of life and increase economic opportunities for rural communities in developing world. There are many factors involved in making mini-grids achieve long-term sustainability such as cost-effective planning, regulatory frameworks for tariff plans, mini-grid system design tailored to the community needs, timely operations and maintenance, etc.

In this project, first, we are exploring mini-grid planning, operations, and maintenance from the demand-side approach. Then we focus on a bottom-up method to estimate the initial energy demand from the community, understand energy demand growth and device energy demand-side management framework to aid the future-proof design of a mini-grid.

Primary supervisor: 
Professor Darren Robinson

Dr. Sonal Choudhary, Dr. Milijana Odavic

Date started: 01/10/2018

Research group

Multi-Scale Simulation group