Two new hybrid solar power plants for remote mines

In 2017, the deployment of solar-diesel hybrid solutions at mine sites has been accelerating. So, it is no surprise that we can write this month about two more projects. One plant is located in India, the other plant will be built in Namibia.

In India, Tata Solar has built with the support of DHYBRID a 2.9 MWp solar plant for their sister company Tata Steel. The power plant is connected to the grid but can be run in combination with diesel generators in an island mode. It helps the Indian steel provider to make power supply more reliable and to reduce costs at the Noamundi iron ore mine. According to Tata Steel, CO2 emissions will be reduced by about 3000 tonnes per annum.


Caterpillar and Barloworld were selected to integrate a new 7 MWp solar PV plant at B2Gold's Otjikoto mine. The gold mine is located in Namibia: in the region of Otjozondjupa around 300 km north of Windhoek. So far, the mine fully relies on heavy fuel oil (HFO). The Cat® dealer Barloworld is supplying EPC services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, completion of the project is expected for early 2018.

 

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