This multidisciplinary project proposed a novel integrated low cost autonomous renewable energy system for rural villagers and developed a technique for bridging the energy gap between rural and urban energy users. The success of this project will have profound effects on the fundamental theory and development of new technology advances in solar, Biomasses and Hydrogen generation and storage and environmental protection. The development of a low cost BioCPV system incorporating hydrogen generation and storage has the potential to greatly enhance the security of energy supply during periods of low renewable power generation, hence reducing the £/W figure-of-merit. Reduced power generation and low cost BioCPV development translates into lower cost renewable energy, which will achieve greater uptake of renewable technologies and reduce the amount of time required before renewable energy achieves grid parity both in the UK and India. In addition, this project will break the traditional boundaries among the renewable energy systems, including CPV, Biomass and Hydrogen generation. It will advance new understanding on integration of CPV and Biomass. An ideal long term outcome of this research is the realisation of low cost integrated renewable energy system and the study in WP6 will provide fresh data for bridging the energy gap between the rural and urban energy users.

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