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Jul

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – July 2017 by THEnergy

The July edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” includes a cutting-edge water-treatment project, a large-scale community project, a major acquisition, a hybrid energy system for a hospital, and a support scheme. It features Water Mission, Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Power and Water Corporation, Conergy, BMD, Aggreko, Younicos, UOSSM, and ADB. The July edition covers news from Tanzania, Australia, UK, Germany, Syria, and the Pacific region.

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1.2 MW Solar PV for Water treatment project in Tanzania - Funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation

The solar power plant will be part of a water project at refugee settlements in Western Tanzania. This is one of the largest solar-powered, safe-water treatment project in the world.

The project is managed by Water Mission and funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to pump 100% of the water using solar power, with diesel generators as backup. According to Water Mission estimates, the cost of the project will be recovered in about nine years by ending the expenses for the diesel generators. An additional USD 1.3 million (EUR 1.2m) will be saved over the following 15 years.

https://renewablesnow.com/news/water-treatment-project-in-tanzania-to-get-12-mw-of-solarworld-panels-571536/

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Australian Aboriginal Community to Cut Reliance on Diesel with 1MW Solar Plant

A remote Aboriginal community south of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory will soon be powered mostly by solar energy. A solar-diesel hybrid plant will be built as part of the Territory government’s SETuP program. The Daly River project will include a 1MW solar array, that is expected to provide 100% of the local Nauiyu community’s energy needs during the day, relegating the diesel generators for use only at night and as back-up. Nauiyu is one of the first communities to be chosen for the program – which is being rolled out by local utility Power and Water Corporation. The project will be built by German-based Conergy and Queensland-based BMD Constructions.

https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/nt-aboriginal-community-get-1mw-solar-plant-cut-reliance-diesel/

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Aggreko Buys Energy Storage Company Younicos for £40 Million

Younicos offers modular and scalable smart energy storage and has over 200 MW of installed storage systems, with a project pipeline across both developed and emerging markets. The acquisition is a part of Aggreko’s strategy to adapt to markets that decarbonize, decentralize and become more digital.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/07/aggreko-buys-energy-storage-startup-younicos-for-40-million.html

Dan Ibbetson, Group Business Development Director, Aggreko, comments: “Solar-diesel hybrid projects are ideal for incorporating storage, providing power at a lower fuel and environmental cost. There are many possible applications and mines could certainly benefit. Individual customers will have to weigh up the various elements – environmental, cost and viability of the project over time – to implement the optimum power plan.”

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On-site Solar Project for Hospital in Syria

The pilot solar project, located at a hospital which was not identified for safety reasons, is expected to save more than 7000 liters of diesel per month, around 20-30 per cent of the hospital’s energy costs. The 127 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project was installed by the Syria Solar Initiative of French medical charity the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM). The installation also features battery with a capacity of 720 kWh. UOSSM plans to install five more PV systems at vulnerable Syrian hospitals and is seeking funding partners for these projects. The charity said it aims to eventually provide power for all Syrian hospitals.

http://www.decentralized-energy.com/articles/2017/05/on-site-solar-project-saves-lives-in-syria.html

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ADB Supporting Clean Energy Schemes in the Pacific Region

Manila-based bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is partnering with governments, communities and the private sector to support clean energy projects in the Pacific region. The program covers amongst other the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands, and Micronesia. Solar-diesel hybrid and energy storage play an important role.

http://globalfinance.solarenergyevents.com/2017/06/07/adb-supporting-clean-energy-schemes-in-the-pacific/

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11

Jul

2017

Caribbean Island of Sint Eustatius beats top solar countries

Per capita, the small Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius has installed more solar power than the top solar PV countries Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, UK, USA, Spain, France, China, and India.

Islands are leading the way to the renewable energy future!

For further information, please have a look at our recent analysis of the PV-battery retrofit at Sint Eustatius:  https://www.th-energy.net/app/download/13556076824/2017JUL-THEnergy-Analysis_StEustatius_Final.pdf

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10

Jul

2017

One year of PV-battery diesel hybrid operations on a Caribbean island: THEnergy confirms the outstanding performance of the SMA microgrid

SMA Sunbelt commissioned a 1.89 MW solar PV and 1 MW / 572 kWh Li-Ion battery energy storage system, in March 2016. The objective of the retrofitted renewable energy plant is to reduce the diesel consumption of existing diesel generators. THEnergy has performed a data analysis for the first year of operations. Large-scale hybrid systems are rather complex and for island utilities it is difficult to fully assess the outcome of hybridizing their diesel power plants with solar power plants on fuel consumption. They typically rely on the calculations of the manufacturers or on rather costly third-party studies.

In the case of Sint Eustatius, the performance of the plants exceeds the forecasts. The share of solar energy on the island energy mix was higher than predicted for the first year of operations. Relative diesel savings were 3.4% higher than forecasted: diesel consumption was reduced by 62 l/MWh instead of 60 l/MWh. These additional savings are particularly remarkable as solar irradiation during the year was 4.9% below average due to local weather conditions. Even the total savings in diesel were in line with those forecasted. This is also reflected in the slightly higher than expected performance ratio of the solar PV plant.

 

The analysis also shows positive findings for battery performance. While a degradation of 4% was expected, the actual degradation after the first year was 1%. It is realistic to assume that with normal weather conditions, and the extremely low degradation of the battery energy storage system, the future performance of the plant will be even better than during the first year.

The outstanding results of the new system are also the main reason for the island utility deciding to expand the plant in the near future by adding 2.25 MW of solar power, and 4.4 MW / 5.2 MWh of battery energy storage. As Fred Cuvalay, CEO of Stuco explained: “We are fully convinced of SMA Sunbelt, which is particularly important, as in this next step we will switch off our diesel gensets during sunny days and will fully rely on renewables”.

Thomas Hillig, the Managing Director of THEnergy also made the following comments on the exciting results: “Large PV-battery diesel hybrid plants are still relatively new. On islands in particular, the reliability of the supplier is a key success factor. Bad planning and technical issues may lead to huge consequential costs. This project will also be a signal to other islands of what can be achieved by integrating renewable energy.”

For further information and detailed results, please have a look at the THEnergy Analysis:  https://www.th-energy.net/app/download/13556076824/2017JUL-THEnergy-Analysis_StEustatius_Final.pdf

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Thu

22

Jun

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – May 2017 by THEnergy

The May edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with an innovative solar plus hydrogen-lithium-ion energy storage microgrid project. It features EPS, ENEL, &beyond, New Southern Energy, Tesla, Fronius, BayWa, OneShore, Solar Era, Ripasso Energy and Horizon S.R.L. The May edition covers news from Chile, Botswana, Germany, Sierra Leone, and Italy.

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EPS and Enel Green Power Commission Solar plus Hydrogen-Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Microgrid in Chile

The microgrid is meeting part of the energy needs of a camp which hosts over 600 technicians working at the geothermal plant Cerro Pabellón. It relies on a combination of 125kWp solar PV, 132kWh lithium-ion battery and 450 kWh hydrogen energy storage.

http://microgridmedia.com/enel-green-power-commissions-worlds-first-highest-24x7-solar-hydrogen-lithium-energy-storage-microgrid/

“The Cerro Pabellon system proves our vision for hybrid energy storage, where: Li-Ion batteries stabilize the micro-grid and efficiently shift solar energy from day to night, while H2 storage provides long-term autonomy, securing supply during extended cloudy spells and low-irradiation winter days. In this way, conventional generation is confined to a back-up role”, states Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of EPS Group.

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New Southern Energy and Tesla Power &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp with Solar plus Storage

The new power plant in Botswana consists of 122.4 kWp solar PV, Fronius inverters, 100 kW/190 kWh Tesla Li-ion energy storage and 2x 125 kVA diesel generators. The system has been sized to supply more than 80% of &Beyond Xaranna’s electricity requirements from renewable energy. The generator runtime has been decreased from 24 hours to 5 hours.

https://evannex.com/blogs/news/tesla-powerpack-coupled-with-solar-provides-off-grid-power-in-africa

“We are very proud of our recent hybrid energy installation at &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. This is one of numerous installations planned for our off-grid sites, not only for Botswana, but in all the African countries that we operate lodges in. &Beyond is committed to employing the latest technology to ensure that our business is as sustainable as possible. Many safari lodges are situated in remote areas where they do not have access to the electricity grid and were previously forced to rely on generator power. Switching to solar has allowed us to dramatically reduce this dependency, decreasing our use of fossil fuels, as well as lowering the environmental impact of having diesel delivered and the noise pollution caused by generators”, explains Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO. “Luxury safari lodges are a relatively mature, well-educated market segment for solar in Botswana with some of the first off-grid systems implemented some 10 + years back. With the overall reduction in costs and improvements in storage technologies, the potential applications across the industry - including mid and even lower end operators - is constantly increasing”, adds David Masureik, CEO New Southern Energy.

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BayWa r.e. Acquires OneShore Energy

OneShore Energy, a Berlin-based start-up specializing in the analysis, planning and operation of solar-diesel hybrid plants has been acquired by BayWa r.e.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/photovoltaics/baywa-re-acquires-oneshore-energy

„OneShore is a perfect fit for BayWa r.e. as we are expanding our activities to new geographies and increase our capabilities to provide energy solutions. For commercial and industrial energy consumers active in South East Asia, Africa, but also the Middle East, India and Australia stable power supplies based on optimized operations of existing diesel gen sets – ideally in combination with solar or wind power - is key”, explains Matthias Taft, CEO der BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Philipp Kunze, CEO & Founder of OneShore adds: “Driven by the increasing power needs of emerging economies, the market for PV diesel hybrid systems, in which we have been one of the pioneers, is growing significantly. BayWa r.e.’s acquisition of OneShore Energy, in my view, is a confirmation that large corporations are starting to recognize its potential. BayWa r.e.’s size, global reach and balance sheet will allow us to jointly realize the full potential of the technology platform and expertise which OneShore has built over the past years.”

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Solar Era to Build Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power Plant with 5 MW of PV in Sierra Leone

The project is the first phase of a 25 MW hybrid PV-diesel project that will be located near Bo, the second largest city in the country. According to one of the project sponsors, American USTDA the grid connected hybrid power plant will support more dependable power generation and improve electrification in the country, where only 13 percent of the population currently has access to electricity.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2017/05/31/solar-era-holdings-seeks-epc-contractors-for-5-mw-solar-project-in-sierra-leone/

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First Commercial Order in Sicily for Ripasso Energy’s CSP Based Hybrid System

Horizon S.R.L orders three hybridized Stirling engines from Ripasso Energy for delivery to a first commercial facility in Sicily. The innovative solution combines a Stirling engine and a small-scale CSP unit. Off-grid markets are one of the main target segments for the new technology.

http://news.cision.com/ripasso-energy-ab/r/first-commercial-order-in-sicily-for-ripasso-energy,c2259292

"The Ripasso Energy Stirling Hybrid delivers reliable electricity with a single investment. The engine is powered by the sun whenever it is available and seamlessly switches to another fuel source whenever it is not, resulting in flexible and demand-driven energy production with the highest possible fraction of renewable content”, states Gunnar Larsson, founder and CEO of Ripasso Energy.

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May

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – April 2017 by THEnergy

The April edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with another large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in the mining industry. It features Aggreko, Nevsun, Facebook, Microsoft, Allotrope Partners, Microgrid Investment Accelerator, Dongfang Electric Corporation, and US Air Force. Our Top 5 covers projects and initiatives in Eritrea, the USA, Angola, and Mauritania.

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Aggreko and Nevsun agreed on solar-diesel hybrid project with 7.5MWp PV plant

Aggreko and the Canadian mining company Nevsun signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for Bisha mine in Eritrea. Electricity will be supplied from a 22 MW fleet of diesel generators and from a new 7.5 MW solar power plant.

http://www.miningmagazine.com/management/water-environment/aggreko-signs-solar-

diesel-power-deal-in-eritrea/

Chris Weston, Aggreko CEO, said: “Hybrid energy solutions are continuing to be developed and implemented within the mining industry, improving efficiency and bottom lines. Using hybrid solar-diesel power generation for off-grid mining operations offers many positives and as developments in renewable energy technologies continue to advance, hybrid solutions, like the one we will provide in Eritrea, will become more of a reality as the benefits become more apparent.”

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Facebook, Microsoft and Allotrope Partners launch Microgrid Investment Accelerator

Facebook and Microsoft have joined with investment firm Allotrope Partners to launch a finance facility to catalyze investments in renewable energy minigrids.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/facebook-microsoft-mobilize-50-million-for-renewable-energy-microgrids

"The increasing affordability of mini grids is opening new frontiers for providing life changing energy access to the more than 1 billion people who still lack access to any electricity at all in rural areas around the globe. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator seeks to provide catalytic debt and equity directly the project developers bringing affordable and reliable energy access solutions to rural communities in our target geographies." said Alexia Kelly, CEO of the Microgrid Investment Accelerator.

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Chinese group supplies hybrid power plants to Angola

Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) will supply seven solar-diesel hybrid power plants to Angola. The contract worth US$241.9 million was authorized by an order from the Angolan President.
https://macauhub.com.mo/2017/04/25/grupo-chines-fornece-centrais-termicas-hibridas-angola/
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India assists Mauritania with USD65.68 million for solar-diesel hybrid projects

The Indian government has approved letters of credit worth $65.68 million for solar-diesel hybrid projects in the north African country. The rural electrification projects will help to provide energy access to several villages.

http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/india-assists-mauritania-with-65-68-million-rural-electrification-project/58557612

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US Air Force unveils solar+battery microgrid that could be deployed in less than an hour

The solar panels are placed on top of tents. A trailer at the center of the tent holds inverters, controllers and lithium-ion batteries. The new system developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) is to be deployed in diverse field environments.

https://electrek.co/2017/04/07/us-air-force-solar-battery-microgrid/

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Tue

16

May

2017

THEnergy workshops: Solar-diesel / wind-diesel and microgrids - 20 workshops already done

Are you looking for new renewable energy markets? Have microgrids and solar- or wind-diesel hybrid projects attracted your attention? THEnergy offers tailor-made workshops!

Do like 20+ companies have done before! You can save weeks of your employees' valuable time by receiving crucial information in a very dense way!

The solar-diesel and wind wind-diesel micorgrid market segments are gaining momentum:

  • EREN adds 15 MWp PV to the existing diesel power plant and sells the electricty through a PPA to Iamgold's mine in Burkina Faso
  • The French company Néoén invested in a 10.6 MW solar-diesel hybrid plant to power Sandfire's Degrussa mine in Australia (6-year PPA)
  • Many luxurious island hotels and resorts add solar or wind plants to their diesel gensets
  • Solar-diesel hybrid is attractive for many storage solution providers

THEnergy is a Germany-based consulting company specialized in microgrids and solar-/ wind-diesel hybrid. We have put a special focus on various industrial and commercial end-consumers such as the mining and cement industry, tourism and telecommunications. Here you can find some related publications:

Solar-hybrid applications offer solution for hard-hit EPCs

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-hybrid-applications-offer-solution-for-hard-hit-epcs_100018633/#axzz4ADET1FMz

Measures to stimulate the micro-grid market
http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/43844/measures-to-stimulate-the-micro-grid-market/

 

We want to share our knowledge and offer workshops about solar- and wind-diesel hybrid. We will consider your needs regarding length and specific topic selection.Some proposals

  • Introduction to solar and wind-diesel hybrid applications
  • Where are the “sweet spots”?

o   industries

o   countries

o   installation sizes

  • Which role does storage play?
  • Which developments are there for diesel gensets?
  • Which players act how in the market?
  • How to address ‘industrial and commercial customers’?
  • ....

 

The workshop is not only a good start for important strategic decisions but will also provide further education for your employees.

 

We offer tailor-made workshops for EPC, project developers, renewable energy investors and component providers such as energy storage companies.

 

Beyond the described workshop we also offer to connect you with end-customers such as mining companies and with potential local partners from the renewable energy sector.

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Mon

15

May

2017

THEnergy ANALYSIS: Solar-diesel and Wind-diesel Microgrids for Off-grid Mines Gain Momentum – New Projects Expected

Two recent project announcements show that renewables are an attractive solution for improving mining companies’ energy cost positions.

Iamgold has announced it is adding a new 12.5 MW solar PV plant to its Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. The Canadian company has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the French independent power producer (IPP) EREN for an initial period of 15 years. The multinational Wärtsilä headquartered in Finland will integrate and build the solar plant.

Another Canadian miner, Nevsun, followed by announcing a 7.5 MW solar plant to reduce diesel consumption at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. Under a ten year PPA, Aggreko will provide a total of 29.5 MW of solar-diesel hybrid power to the gold and copper mine.

 

Figure 1: Overview of solar-diesel and wind-diesel hybrid projects

Africa and Australia are turning into “solar-for-mining hotspots”, while Canada and South America lead the development of wind-diesel hybrids.

“This upturn has become apparent during the last few months”, according to Dr. Thomas Hillig, managing director of THEnergy, a Germany based consultancy specializing in microgrids. “We have been observing the market closely for the last 3 years. In the past 12 months, more and more mining companies have become interested in renewables.”

Several factors contribute to this development. In the beginning, mining companies had serious doubts regarding the reliability of renewables. Various prototypes, some of them subsidized, some with and some without battery storage, have proven the concept of combining solar or wind with fossil power sources. In addition, brands known from conventional energy such as Caterpillar, Cummins, Aggreko, Wärtsilä, and ABB - that are active in hybrid markets - increase the trust in renewable energy off-grid solutions. Declining prices for renewables and energy storage have improved the business case for mines considerably. Mines also feel more comfortable entering long-term commitments of 10 years or more. Mining companies see that the advantages of renewables go beyond pure cost savings in that they could generate positive publicity and also position them as progressive toward investors. Internally, renewables have turned out to be an attractive platform for ambitious employees to qualify for further management challenges.

Maybe even more important are the lessons learned on the part of the renewable companies. They started to speak the language of miners and to understand the necessity of tailor-made solutions for individual mines. Renewable energy players have realized that many mines are not willing to invest their own capital or to commit to long-term PPAs that correspond to the physical lifetime of solar or wind assets. The formation of financing solutions for relatively short-term PPAs was crucial. This also calls for the emergence of a plan B in case that PPAs are terminated earlier or are not prolonged as expected. Solar companies in particular dedicate resources for making solar plants more flexible through semi-mobility concepts that facilitate their dismantling and redeployment at different locations. Finally, renewable energy players have started to apply modern sales and marketing tools to spread the message to mining decision makers.

“The newly announced projects will speed-up the uptake. If everything turns out well, mining companies could sign another 5-8 PPAs for renewable energy supply before the end of 2017”, says Hillig.

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2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – March 2017 by THEnergy

The March edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” presents the world’s biggest hybrid-PV power plant to be built in West Africa. It features Iamgold, EREN, Wärtsilä, Rancho Santana resort, PELICAN, S.A, ViZn Energy Systems, Villa Halcyon, Victron Energy, PhilSolar, Jinko, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Flexenclosure, and HANZA. Our Top 5 cover the mining, hospitality, telecom and rural electrification sectors and projects in Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Canada. We could again manage to add exclusive statements from industry leaders.

Top 1

World’s Biggest Hybrid-Solar Power Plant to be Built at Gold Mine in Burkina Faso

Iamgold, EREN and Wärtsilä have announced to build a 15MWp solar plant at Iamgold’s 400000 oz off-grid Essakane mine. EREN will be the majority owner of the PV plant and has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iamgold. The solar PV plant will be added to a 55MW Wärtsilä power plant currently running on heavy fuel oil. The PV plant will enable the mine to decrease its fuel consumption by about six-million liters a year and will reduce Essakane’s yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 18 500 t. Wärtsilä's scope covers the EPC for the solar PV power plant including the control system for the hybrid plant. Commissioning is planned for late 2017. The plant will be also the world’s biggest renewable energy asset at an off-grid mine and might trigger many more solar projects in the mining industry. “Our familiarity with the mining sector and our expertise in both, solar and diesel technologies, have been two determining factors to overcome the technical hurdles of hybrid projects and to structure a deal that is improving the mine’s business without interfering with its core activities”, says Christophe Fleurence, EREN’s Vice President - Business Development Africa.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/wrtsil-supplies-15-mw-solar-plant-in-burkina-faso-2017-03-22/rep_id:4136

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Solar-plus-storage Microgrid Powers Nicaraguan Resort Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana resort and residential community on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua is turning to solar and energy storage to alleviate the high cost of peak energy in the region. The plant will consist of a 200kW/800kWh flow battery from ViZn and an 800kWp PV array. Lâl Marandin, principal and co-founder of the EPC PELICAN, S.A., explains, “Nicaragua has a very fast growing touristic sector with several new landmark projects. Renewable energy solutions with battery storage make sense for sustainable branding purposes, and because electricity tariffs for the hotel sector are high. Driven by 5-6-year payback periods, 10 to 20 solar projects between 500kWp and 1MWp could become reality in the coming years.” Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy Systems adds, “The Rancho Santana project in Nicaragua is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for highly versatile energy storage assets at remote locations like resorts, mining facilities, islands, etc. Whether they are grid-tied or a part of true microgrids, storage systems will provide the most functionality and ROI when they are capable of providing both energy and power services and this ability is what makes our zinc-redox flow batteries such an attractive option.”

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/03/nicaraguan-resort-turns-to-solar-storage-solution-to-reduce-utility-costs.html

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Top 3

Philippine Resort Villa Halcyon Reduces Diesel Consumption with Solar PV

Villa Halcyon is situated on Boquete Island, one of the many islands of the Philippines. The island resort used to generate its power fully by diesel gensets with a daily consumption of 120 liters that was delivered by sea. PhilSolar and a local design and installation specialist have added a 7kWp PV installation with a Victron Energy inverter/charger combinations and Jinko modules as well as a lithium-ion battery. “Adding solar plants to generators will reduce the system’s operating costs drastically. It also gives silent power with less pollution and a pleasant ‘green’ environment for resort guests: A win-win situation for guests, resort owners and neighbors,” adds Matthijs Vader, CEO of Victron Energy.

https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2017/03/08/halcyon-days-moving-on-from-diesel/

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Top 4

First Nations Above the Arctic Circle Turn to Solar

Across Northern Canada, diesel has long been the primary mode of providing electricity to remote communities. With the advent of small-scale renewables, that might change. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation town, Old Crow, has several small-scale solar PV installations, including an 11.8kW plant at the Arctic Research Centre. In addition, there are plans for a 330kW solar plant which could offset 17% of the community's total diesel use, or up to 98,000 liters of fuel each year.

https://www.desmog.ca/2017/03/28/meet-first-nation-above-arctic-circle-just-went-solar

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Top 5

Flexenclosure and HANZA Partner for Hybrid Solution Targeting the Telecom Sector

A strong pull for solar from remote telecom applications is the reason why Flexenclosure has decided to join forces with HANZA. The Swedish industrial manufacturing expert HANZA will supply key electrical parts for its recently launched hybrid power system that is designed for outdoor telecom sites and to outdoor telecom standards.

Tomas Rahkonen, Flexenclosure’s Chief Technology Officer adds, “Solar-diesel hybrid power systems are essential to bringing affordable and reliable mobile internet to off-grid areas in developing nations - a large and rapidly growing market. Flexenclosure’s eSite x10 has been specifically engineered to address this opportunity, minimizing OPEX (diesel- and battery-related costs) while at the same time ensuring site uptime for outdoor telecom sites.”

http://www.zawya.com/story/HANZA_establishes_manufacturing_solution_with_deliveries_to_Flexenclosure-ZAWYA20170329060644/

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – February 2017 by THEnergy

The February edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features SMA, Toshiba, Electro Power Systems (EPS), Hydro Tasmania, Fluidic Energy, Peak Power and Victron. It covers projects from Kenya, Australia, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The off-takers include a salt producer and local communities in rural electrification projects.

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1 MWp PV-hybrid system to save 25% on electricity costs for Kenyan salt producer

SolarAfrica and SMA built the grid-connected PV system at East Africa’s largest salt factory in Malindi, Kenya. The factory belongs to Krystalline Salt Limited (Kaysalt). SMA expects a 55% solar power share during daylight hours.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/photovoltaics/pv-hybrid-lowers-electricity-costs-east-africas-largest-salt-factory

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EPS and Toshiba to finish solar-diesel plus storage microgrid project in Tasmania

The microgrid features 0.5 MW of solar and 0.5 MWh of storage capacity designed by Electro Power Systems (EPS), along with 2.0 MVA of diesel generators. The installation will stabilize the supply of renewable energy for roughly 900 people on Flinders Island, off the northeastern tip of Tasmania. It is expected to provide enough electricity to cover about 65% of the island’s annual energy demand. This Australian project may eventually be expanded to include wind turbines. EPS and Toshiba have built the project for Hydro Tasmania.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2017/02/16/eps-toshiba-near-completion-of-3-mw-tasmania-microgrid-project/

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Fluidic Energy builds a solar plus storage microgrid on Sekunyit Island in Indonesia

Sekunyit Island is remote: it takes 3 hours by road and 5 hours of sailing to reach it. A 15 kWp PV microgrid backed by Fluidic Energy's zinc-air storage batteries now provides electricity to the inhabitants of the island.

http://evworld.com/focus.cfm?cid=349

“For the inhabitants of remote islands and nations where reliable electrical infrastructure does not exist, mini grids offering long-duration, affordable, safe and clean energy, have the potential to not only “turn on the lights” but to transform lives through improved standards of living and increased economic activity”, says Steve Scharnhorst, CEO of Fluidic Energy.

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Peak Power builds solar plus storage microgrid in the Nepal Himalayas

Simigoan is a village in the Nepal Himalaya, at around 2,000 meters elevation. It is situated above the Tama Koshi River along the trekking route to the Gaurishankar base camp. The new systems adds 7 kWp PV solar and 600 Ah of AGM batteries to an existing micro-hydro installation. The solution was designed and implemented by Peak Power, a local renewable energy specialist based in Kathmandu. Peak Power designed and installed a three phase inverter stack using three 5 KVA Victron inverter/chargers along with two MPPT charge controllers.

https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2017/02/08/peak-power-nepal-microgrid/

Joel Basham, CEO of Peak Power Pvt. Ltd. adds: “Many remote places in the Nepal Himalayas do not have the national grid so there is a huge potential to deploy micro-grids to these communities. Renewable energy based micro-grids are a perfect fit for these locations as they are eco-friendly and fit with the lifestyle of the people. A lot of these places rely on tourism as well so communities with micro-grid service are more appealing and receive more tourists this increased traffic drives up local economic development which infuses the entire community.”

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First wind-solar-diesel hybrid power plant commissioned in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has opened its first hybrid power plant with a capacity of 67 kW that will generate electricity using wind, solar and diesel. The plant is situated on Eluvathivu Island in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka. It consists of a 46 kWp PV array, six 3.5 kW wind turbines and a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery.

http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/first-wind-solar-diesel-hybrid-power-plant-commissioned-in-sri-lanka/57092518

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – January 2017 by THEnergy

The January edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features the UN, EPS, Tesla, Hevel LLC, CETOSA, Fronius and Victron. It contains projects in Libya, Australia, the US, Russia and Spain. In this edition, battery storage  systems play again an important role.

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UN Installs Solar Power plus Energy Storage at Hospitals in Libya

Distortions to electricity supply caused by armed groups forcing hospitals to use back-up generators that frequently run out of diesel. Solar panels have already been installed in 10 hospitals to enable them to continuously operate vital medical equipment such as dialyzers, medicine refrigeration, surgery rooms and ICUs. E.g. the system at Abu Salem Hospital consists of 37.5 kWp of PV plus 130 kWh of energy storage.

http://www.africanews.com/2017/01/31/un-installs-solar-power-panels-in-hospitals-in-libya/

 

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EPS Provides Storage System for Hybrid Solar-Wind-Diesel Hybrid Microgrid Project in Australia

Electro Power Systems (EPS) announced the successful delivery of a 1 MW storage system that will be connected to the Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Power Project microgrid in Southern Australia. Once completed, the hybrid power plant will be connected to a microgrid composed of 1MW of PV, 4MW of wind and up to 6MW of diesel generators. Over the plant’s 20-year life, it will provide energy power to meet the demands of around 1,600 individuals in the local area.

http://www.energy-storage.news/news/eps-provides-storage-system-for-microgrid-project-in-australia

 

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A Small Solar Array and a 1 MW Battery will Help to Power Ocracoke - a Small Island off North Carolina

The microgrid will provide 1 MW, 1 MWh of storage from Tesla, utilizing a small solar array. It will help reduce demand charges and maintain reliability in the event the mainland transmission link goes down. In addition, a bank of smart thermostats will be used for demand response.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/tesla-batteries-help-power-small-north-carolina-island/434536/

 

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Hevel LLC to Build Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power Plants in Russia with Combined Capacity of Up to 40 MW

Hevel has announced a program to build more than 100 hybrid plants in the period to 2021, with average capacity of 100 kW solar power and 300 kW of diesel generation. There are plans to build two plants in Trans-Baikal and one in Buryatia in 2016-2017.

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp

 

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The Agricultural Company Cereals Torremorell S.A. (CETOSA) Tested Solar Diesel-Hybrid Successfully for a Piglet Farm in Spain

PV system provides 82 kWp and is installed on the roof of the piglet farm. The system also included a battery based energy storage system. The operating results from the first seven months are now available. The average power consumption of the piglet farm during this period was between 4 and 6 kW. The daily requirement is between 100 and 150 kWh. There were only two days in October when the diesel generator had to be fired up and generate electricity for a few hours. Fronius inverters and Victron control devices are used.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/content/solar-power-piglet-farm

 

 

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – July 2017 by THEnergy

The July edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” includes a cutting-edge water-treatment project, a large-scale community project, a major acquisition, a hybrid energy system for a hospital, and a support scheme. It features Water Mission, Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Power and Water Corporation, Conergy, BMD, Aggreko, Younicos, UOSSM, and ADB. The July edition covers news from Tanzania, Australia, UK, Germany, Syria, and the Pacific region.

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Caribbean Island of Sint Eustatius beats top solar countries

Per capita, the small Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius has installed more solar power than the top solar PV countries Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, UK, USA, Spain, France, China, and India.

Islands are leading the way to the renewable energy future!

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