Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Haddijatou Touray's research

Haddijatou studied the electricity grid of The Gambia 

An analysis of the socio-technical impacts of the ongoing and future grid developments on the electricity grid of The Gambia 

Haddijatou's dissertation study attempted to help solve Sub-Saharan Africa's electrical problems. She focused on The Gambia which currently faces challenges of inadequacy of supply, unreliability, and high electricity cost. Haddijatou used Python to simulate The Gambia's electricity network from 2020 to 2025, then ran an Optimal Power Flow and reliability study to review the impacts of the scheduled electricity expansion projects on the network. Her study revealed that the electricity cost can be reduced through network optimisation. However, the power network from 2021 to 2025 will continue to struggle with insufficient generation and unreliability of supply with frequent breakdowns and long durations of recovery. Only 2022 generation capacity can meet even the peak demand. Haddijatou encouraged The Ministry of Energy and the Utility Company to devise technical solutions to upgrade the transmission networks and facilitate communication between distribution and production points. She recommended the government to adopt policies that support more Independent Power Producers in the electricity market and develop investment plan for low carbon power generation.

I chose Sustainable Energy Systems as my major in order to help Africa transition to a low-carbon economy. This project required learning a variety of new mathematical and power system tools. Because it was a self-proposed project, I learned to be flexible but resilient in the face of adversity in order to make my goal a reality.

Haddijatou Touray

Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Gambia
  • Postgraduate Scholar

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