Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – Spring 2019 by THEnergy

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features four projects and a partnership announcement. Interestingly all microgrid projects included an energy storage solution. Two projects were in mining, one in rural electrification and one in the hospitality sector.  The selected projects are located in South Africa, Argentina, the Philippines,and the Maldives. This edition features Bushveld Minerals and Energy, Millennial Lithium, Ergy Energy, ADB, ANTECO, OREEI, Four Seasons, Swimsol, ABB, Rolls Royce, and MTU Onsite Energy.

Top 1

First vanadium redox flow battery project at mine announced in South Africa

Bushveld Energy has initiated the development of a microgrid project at Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco mine. It will consist of a solar power plant and a 1 MW/4 MWh vanadium redox flow battery and will feed electricity directly into the internal distribution network of the mine. The project is structured on an unsubsidized, commercial basis with project finance and aims at showcasing the commercial viability of both renewable energy and energy storage technologies. The new mini-grid will be able to deliver up to 1 MW of power to the grid-connected mine, the largest size permittable without a generation license under current regulations in South Africa.

Top 2

Millennial Lithium’s exploration project in Argentina adds solar

Millennial Lithium announced that its Pastos Grandes Salar lithium project in Argentina has inaugurated a solar power plant that was provided by Ergy Solar. The exploration project includes a 60-100 person camp with dorms and other facilities, an on-site laboratory, and a first process pilot plant under construction. The power plant consists of 178.2 KWp of solar power and 500 kWh energy storage solution and still diesel generators. The solar-plus-storage solution can provide power at maximum capacity for more than 18 hours throughout the daily 24-hour cycle, with diesel generator back-up only for some peak energy consumption times and infrequent non-sun events.


Top 3

ADB launches PV-plus-storage plant on Philippine island

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced the inauguration of a 50kW solar system with the 273-kW lithium-ion energy storage unit bringing uninterrupted electricity supply to a rural community living on the Malalison Island in the Philippines. The Malalison PV-plus-storage hybrid system is a pilot project carried out by a private joint venture (JV) between Philippine utility Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO) and One Renewable Energy Enterprise, Inc (OREEI), with the ADB providing technical assistance. Previously, the island community relied on costly diesel-fueled generators, which supplied power for only four hours a day, leaving residents in the situation of limited economic opportunities. Now the solar-plus-storage solution will generate electricity during the day while a 54-kW diesel generator will serve as support.


Top 4

Solar at Four Seasons Resort Maldives will replace diesel consumption

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru commissioned an 838.35kWp solar plant which is one of the Maldives' largest resort-based solar installations. The project installed by Swimsol on the roof of the staff village comprises 3,105 panels and covers 5,380m². It is estimated that the new solar plant will produce between 900,000 and 1.1 million kWh of energy every year and save between 250,000 and 300,000 liters of diesel, which corresponds to 650-800 tons of CO2.


Top 5

ABB and Rolls-Royce announce global microgrids cooperation

ABB and Rolls-Royce have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities.

“The partnership with Rolls-Royce combines the footprint and technology leadership of two industry leaders to extend the benefits of microgrids to various applications worldwide.”, says Markus Bruegmann, Global Product Group Manager, Grid Edge Solutions, Power Grid business, ABB. Andreas Schell, CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems adds: “Combining our integrated MTU diesel and gas genset system technology and our control solutions, with ABB’s modular microgrid solution, control capability, and remote service, will offer customers the combined strengths of the two world leaders in technology.”

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