Swiss technology group ABB has developed a new integrated microgrid solution, MGS100 designed to provide solarpower and battery energy storage for rural communities and businesses.

Capable of functioning in extreme environments, the MGS100 offers an affordable source of electricity and has 20kW, 40kW, or 60kW power ratings.

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ABB's electrification products president Tarak Mehta said: “At ABB we are committed to using the latest technical advancements to support everyone in society and create a new world of opportunity for these often remote and hard to reach communities.

“The MGS100 is the first microgrid solution of its kind that makes access to affordable and reliable power a reality, creating life changing opportunities, improving basic living standards and unlocking economic development.”

"The MGS100 is the first microgrid solution of its kind that makes access to affordable and reliable power a reality."

ABB’s new scalable system can be connected to multiple power sources to supply electricity for remote places not connected to the main grid. It can also be utilised as back-up power for small commercial and industrial facilities using an inconsistent grid supply.

MGS100 will be available by the end of this year. It combines all the components required for a sustainable microgrid in a single device and facilitates the generation of cost-efficient renewable energies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and batteries.

ABB further noted that its MGS100 solution can be fed on local solarpower during the day and switched to battery mode after dark.