Kevin Joshi

Email: kevin.joshi[at]

Supervisor:Prof. Krithi Ramamritham

Thesis Titile:Energy sharing in smart microgrids


Kevin Joshi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. An engineer by training, his work is at the intersection of data-driven energy management and policies for distributed generation and storage in cities. His doctoral research work is on adoption of solar PV-battery systems for electricity consumption, either by independent ownership in urban residences, or through resource and energy sharing urban communities.

His doctoral research entitled ‘Energy sharing in smart microgrids’ investigates adoption of solar PV-battery for different types of residential consumption profiles in Mumbai. A large dataset consisting real electricity consumption profile of 50 residences and a solar PV generation profile from a period of 24 months is used.

A primary evaluation is performed to examine the benefits derived under existing net metering policies. The sizing of solar PV-battery deployment with costs under prevailing subsidies are used to determine the metrics- self-consumption of locally generated solar energy, autonomy, cost-benefit analysis and seasonal effects on consumption from grid.

The objective of sharing an already deployed distributed generation within residences is then examined by forming resource and energy sharing communities. This is accomplished by virtualization of community owned battery and heuristic algorithms to control resource allocation. These sharing practices are evaluated in terms of capex- reduced sizing of solar PV-battery and opex- energy cost savings under flat and ToU tariff rates.