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20

Feb

2018

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – January/February 2018 by THEnergy

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features two interesting applications of hybrid projects and three investments in microgrid players. This will be an extremely interesting business field in the future - we have been involved ourselves in two large rural electrification related due diligences last year. These investment activities will trigger the construction of many new plants in the near future. It is interesting to see that Nigeria becomes a hotspot of the solar-diesel hybrid development.

Using solar energy for refugee camps shows that the planning horizon for solar projects is becoming shorter. Falling prices can make projects happen with shorter lifetimes than 20 or more years. Already now, quite a lot of alpine huts are partly powered by renewables such as solar or hydro, but today often diesel gensets are still the main power source. Several recent projects show that energy storage might crowd out diesel for remote alpine shelters.

 

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AIIM and Helios invest USD30m in Nigerian solar-diesel-battery provider StarSight

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) and Helios Investment Partners have invested in StarSight Power Utility, a Nigeria-based energy company providing solar-diesel-battery hybrid and efficient cooling and lighting solutions to commercial and industrial clients. StarSight is currently planning to offer its services to a number of core clients in the financial services and energy sectors, focusing on a target pipeline of over 1,000 sites.

http://petrolgasreport.com/aiim-helios-invest-nigerian-solar-diesel-battery-provider/

Whilst off-grid solar-diesel hybrid remains in its infancy in Nigeria, it is rapidly gaining acceptance as a competitive and more reliable solution than the current alternative energy sources on the market, provided the companies servicing the sector have the financial capacity and technical support to ensure O&M forms an integral part of the value chain. Key to acceptance has been the emergence of Power as a Service such as that provided by StarSight eliminating the upfront capital cost for clients. Following our success in the SME space and the additional USD30m investment from Helios and AIIM we are now poised to expand our service offering to the industrial sector in Nigeria which is lacking a viable alternative to diesel,” explains Tony Carr, CEO of StarSight.

 

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Shell, Swedfund, and Engie invest USD20m in Indian minigrid operator Husk Power Systems

Husk Power Systems is a distributed utility company operating minigrids for rural electrification in Asia and Africa. It has developed a proprietary system that combines solar PV with biomass gasification and batteries to deliver 24/7 power. Shell Technology Ventures has led the USD20 million funding round which also saw participation from Swedfund International, a Swedish development finance institution, and Engie Rassembleurs d’Energies, Engie Group’s impact investment fund. It is believed to be the largest cash injection so far for a minigrid developer.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/shell-ventures-leads-20-million-investment-in-minigrid-specialist-husk

Gerth Svensson, CEO of Swedfund, adds: “We know that electrification drives development, and access to reliable electricity is therefore essential for job creation and combating poverty. The private sector plays a central role when electrifying the rural areas of developing countries, the last mile effectively, outside the national transmission grid. That is why it is a prioritized sector for Swedfund. We are very pleased to be part of Husk’s expansion, where our long-term capital and extensive experience of evolving sustainable businesses will give multiple effects for the whole society.”

 

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The German Foundation for Development and Cooperation (SEZ), Atmosfair, and Autarsys to power Iraqi refugee camp with solar plus energy storage

The system will include a 300 kWp PV plant and an energy storage system. It will ensure a more stable supply of electricity compared to the diesel generators normally used during daytime. Diesel fuel is more expensive than solar PV, but is also a danger to transport, especially in zones of insurgency and conflict. The first project phase allows for powering 1/5 of the camp. Plans are to add more solar plus storage later to fully power the camp in Northern Iraq by renewables during the daytime.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/01/09/iraqi-refugee-camp-to-be-powered-by-autarsys-energy-storage-pv-system/

Nele Erdmann, the project manager at atmosfair, comments: “We are glad to achieve with our solar plus energy storage solution long-term an uninterruptible power supply at the camp. This decreases the dependency on diesel gensets for cooling and heating. The energy supply with renewables during daytime is a perfect fit to the grid supply which is only available during nighttime.” Matthias Ross, CEO / Managing Director of Autarsys, adds: “Refugee camps are often disconnected from national grids and rely on diesel, so we’re eager to develop the renewable system in Mam Rashan that will increase its energy security. Our software not only makes the renewable system more energy efficient, but it will enable the camp to schedule the delivery of electricity. By prioritizing energy needs, like the clinic and school, we hope the renewable system can be a means for community empowerment."

 

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Shell’s ‘All On’ makes investment in Nigeria’s minigrid power developer GVE

All On, an independent impact investing company, was seeded with funding from Shell and works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for under-served and un-served off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta. Green Village Enterprises (GVE) is an award-winning indigenous mini grid operator in Nigeria headquartered in Port Harcourt.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/makes-first-investments-nigerian-off-grid-energy-businesses/

With the enabling regulatory environment, the scale of the energy gap, high willingness to pay, and attractive load of a typical household, Nigeria is one of the most attractive markets anywhere in the world for minigrids to be economically profitable.  I am convinced that minigrids will thrive in Nigeria and the models developed here will eventually be adopted globally as a major disrupter to how power is generated and distributed,” explains Wiebe Boer, CEO of All On.

 

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Solare Energie and QINOUS equip Austrian offgrid alpine hut  with solar plus energy storage

Hochleckenhaus which belongs to the section Vöcklabruck of the Austrian Alpine Association is completely off the grid, it can only be reached by foot. The 17kWp solar PV and 61kWh energy storage system will provide the alpine shelter with 90% renewable energy. The equipment was delivered by helicopter.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/photovoltaics/new-energy-management-pv-plant-hochleckenhaus

 

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Fri

01

Dec

2017

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with several rural electrification initiatives, an agricultural, and a commercial application. It features Vinci Energies, Senelec, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Sunergise, Fiji Electricity Authority, BayWa, Société Générale, Vergnet, Elum Africa, and Bonima. It covers news from Senegal, Fiji, Zambia, Ghana, and Morocco.

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Vinci Energies wins the contract to build eight photovoltaic power plants in Senegal

Vinci Energies has been selected to build a series of photovoltaic plants to supply power to 140,000 people in isolated communities in Senegal. Seven of these plants will have a hybrid (PV-diesel) design, some with battery storage. Vinci’s subsidiary Omexom was awarded the work the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec). The hybrid plants will have a total combined capacity of 2MW. 

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/vinci-to-build-senegal-solar-plants

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Fiji and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation partner to develop innovation renewable energy solution for rural communities

In collaboration with Sunergise, the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA) and the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA), the new Fiji Rural Electrification Fund will bring solar power to communities with no electricity or that rely on pollution-emitting diesel generators.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) will provide a grant as seed funding to electrify the villages of Vio and Nacula. LDF will then help mobilize funding for additional communities. The revenues from the electricity sales shall be used to finance further communities.

http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/10/18/more-to-get-247-power/

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BayWa builds solar-plus-storage system for irrigation in Zambia

86 kWp of solar are installed in an east-west orientation and power the irrigation of a 90,000 square-metre grain field. Access energy is stored in a 160kWh battery energy storage system. BayWa r.e. was responsible for the planning, financing, installation and turn-key handover of the plant. The plant provides power to the German and Zambian agriculture ministries’ joint Agricultural Knowledge & Training Centre, which uses the power to irrigate crops.

http://www.decentralized-energy.com/articles/2017/11/pilot-pv-storage-project-commissioned-in-zambia.html

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Société Générale Ghana will increase electricity autonomy and decrease diesel consumption with the help of Vergnet

At the local headquarter of the bank in Accra, a 272kWp solar power plant will be added to the existing diesel generators. The new solution also reduces operational risks caused by the unstable grid. The integration has been done with Vergnets Hybrid Wizard to maximize share of solar energy.

http://www.boursorama.com/forum-vergnet-par-vergnet-global--oct-27-2017-448289970-1

Marc Rivard, Director of Business Development at Vergnet adds: There is a strong opportunity for industries in Ghana like mining, agricultural processing, manufacturing and others to benefit from solar hybrid power plants, especially when located off-grid. Industries and businesses which are connected to the grid can also off-set their power consumption via solar power plants and achieve cost savings. The solar hybrid project for Société Générale in Ghana is an example of what can happen when a company decides to take leadership in ensuring that clean energy should be part of their generation mix.

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Solar-plus-storage improves electricity costs in Morocco

Elum Africa provides a solar-plus-storage solution for the company Bonima in Tanger. Bonima manufacturers plastic films for medical applications. The new solution is expected reduce electricity cost by 15%. 

https://www.medias24.com/MAROC/ECONOMIE/ENTREPRISES/177473-Elum-Africa-inaugure-son-premier-site-marocain-de-gestion-et-de-stockage-d-energie-solaire.html

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Mon

16

Oct

2017

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

The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” includes another hybrid project in mining and two announcements for the telecom sector. The new edition features Caterpillar, Barloworld, B2Gold, OMC, Mitsui, Rockefeller Foundation, Greenwish, Orange, RusHydro, NEDO, Tierra Hotels, Kraftwerk, and Qinous.

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7 MWp On-Site Solar Plant for B2Gold’s Otjikoto Mine in Namibia

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.

http://www.miningmagazine.com/future-of-mining/future-of-mining-investment/cat-powers-up-b2gold/

Rob Schueffner, Caterpillar’s Microgrid and Renewables Commercial Manager, adds: “There is a tremendous potential for hybrid and solar projects in Namibia and throughout Africa.  Access to a consistent, reliable source of power is essential for fueling industrial and economic progress, and the improved power output and affordability of hybrid and solar installations are helping to make up for grid shortfalls.”

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Mitsui Backs OMC Power’s Microgrid Expansion to Africa with a USD9 Million Investment

OMC Power develops solar minigrids for telecom towers and rural villages in India. The new investment is targeted at building minigrids in East African countries, where 600,000 people lack access to the grid. In OMC’s concept, telecom towers are anchor tenants that guarantee reliable off-take for solar energy. In addition, local homes and business will have the chance to buy solar electricity. Last year, OMC already raised USD4.5 million from the Rockefeller Foundation to finance 100 minigrids in rural India.

https://news.impactalpha.com/mitsui-backs-omc-powers-minigrid-expansion-to-africa-ad9859350dd2

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Greenwish Enters into Partnership with Orange SA for Powering Telecom Towers in Africa

Mauritius-based Greenwish has partnered with Orange SA and will begin with 250 towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year. GreenWish Partners is planning to invest USD800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. It is aiming to reach 3,000 towers across several countries by 2018 and 10,000 by 2020.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-21/solar-telecom-startup-calls-ex-morgan-stanley-manager-to-africa

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RusHydro Partners with Japanese NEDO for a 1 MW Wind-Diesel Hybrid Plant

Russian hydroelectric giant RusHydro signed a declaration of intent (DoI) with Japanese clean energy developer NEDO on implementing a pilot 1 MW wind-diesel hybrid plant in Tiksi township of Russia’s Sakha Republic. The power plant will consist of three 300kW turbines and three diesel generators.

https://www.evwind.es/2017/09/16/japanese-wind-energy-developers-eye-projects-in-russia/61089

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KRAFTWERK Begins Construction of PV-Diesel Hybrid System in Chile

German EPC provider KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions has begun construction of a PV-battery diesel hybrid system at the luxurious Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Through the expansion of its existing PV plant and the addition of a storage system, the off-grid hotel will benefit from 60-65% annual diesel savings. The solar system capacity will be increased to 156 kWp. Together with energy storage integrator QINOUS, KRAFTWERK will also implement a 335kWh high-efficient Lithium-Ion battery storage solution.

http://cdn.pes.eu.com/v/20160826/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Installation_ENG_final_20170912-1.pdf

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Fri

15

Sep

2017

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

The summer edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” includes two new projects in the mining sector. The three other projects are all on islands. Mining and islands are two segments of the microgrid market that have increasingly gained momentum in the last months. The new edition features TATA, DHYBRID, GMA Garnet, Advanced Energy Resources, MPower, LUX Hospitality, Aera Group, Solar Design Associates, and U.S. Agriculture Department.

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Solar-Diesel Hybrid Plant Commissioned at TATA Steel Iron Ore mine

TATA Steel has inaugurated India’s first solar power project located at one of its iron ore mines. The 3 MW PV plant is situated at Noamundi mine, in the state of Jharkhand. The solar plant will help TATA Steel replace a part of the electricity it consumes from both the grid and from diesel-based generators. This will lead to an expected reduction of CO2 emissions by about 3,000 t per annum.

http://www.mining.com/indian-centenary-iron-ore-mine-goes-solar/

The hybrid control systems were provided by DHYBRID. Their CEO Benedikt Boehm comments: “For large industrial applications like this iron ore mine, availability of energy is vital for the operation and business model. The remote locations of these mines often pose the challenge of a weak-grid infrastructure, for which sophisticated hybrid systems represent a reliable and efficient energy supply solution.”

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GMA Garnet and Advanced Energy Resources Have Signed a PPA for the Output of a 3MW Wind and Solar Farm with Battery Storage

The 3MW hybrid renewables power station will initially supply almost 70% of the miner’s electricity needs, with the aim of transitioning it to 100% renewable energy. It will also deliver a more secure power supply to the mine, which is located at the fringe of the Western Power grid, 120km from the nearest substation.

The Australian arm of the world’s largest industrial garnet producer, GMA Garnet, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with WA-based Advanced Energy Resources (AER) for the output of the microgrid, to be built south of Kalbarri, Western Australia. AER will build, own and operate the AUD8 million project.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/wa-garnet-miner-build-3mw-solar-wind-battery-storage-plant-97467/

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MPower to Build a Large-Scale 5.6 MWh Battery Energy Storage System on the Cook Islands

The Australian renewables company MPower secured a contract to design and install a 5.6MWh battery system in Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands in the Pacific. The AUD4.1 million battery energy storage system will be added to the 1MW Te Mana Ra solar PV facility, to create one of the largest solar energy storage systems in the Pacific. The addition of battery storage will help maximize the benefits of the solar plant, that is part of the island grid. The Cook Islands have traditionally been dependent on diesel-power stations.

https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/mpower-add-5-6mwh-battery-system-cook-islands-solar-plant/

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LUX Implements 100% Renewable Energy Project on Ile des Deux Cocos Resort in Mauritius

The 20kWp solar plus storage project will allow for 11 hours of utilization daily and fulfill self-sufficiency of the property including during night-time. The installation fully substitutes diesel-based power generation for the needs of the off-grid island resort Ile des Deux Cocos, which is located in South-East Mauritius. The project is carried out in partnership with Aera Group. The climate finance company is engaged in carbon compensation projects across Africa and Asia.

http://www.africanreview.com/energy-a-power/power-generation/lux-implements-100-per-cent-renewable-energy-production-project-on-ile-des-deux-cocos-property

Paul Jones, CEO of LUX Hospitality Ltd explains: “The project will hence reduce emissions by ~100t of CO2-equivalent annually, a key objective of our ‘Tread Lightly by LUX*’ initiative. The expected outcome also aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement which has been ratified by 160 countries, including Mauritius. We intend to continue in this direction.

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Massachusetts Island Discovers Solar Energy

Cuttyhunk island had previously relied solely on diesel-powered generation with fuel delivered by barge for all its electricity. The new microgrid has a capacity of 352kW PV plus 1,000 kWh of lithium-ion electric storage. The system, developed by Solar Design Associates Inc., was supported by a U.S. Agriculture Department rural electrification grant.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170830005132/en/Solar-Energy-Storage-Success-Cuttyhunk-Island-MA

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02

Sep

2017

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.

 

Wed

12

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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Tue

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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Mon

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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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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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.

Top 1

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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Top 5

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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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – January/February 2018 by THEnergy

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features two interesting applications of hybrid projects and three investments in microgrid players. This will be an extremely interesting business field in the future - we have been involved ourselves in two large rural electrification related due diligences last year. These investment activities will trigger the construction of many new plants in the near future. It is interesting to see that Nigeria becomes a hotspot of the solar-diesel hybrid development.

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with several rural electrification initiatives, an agricultural, and a commercial application. It features Vinci Energies, Senelec, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Sunergise, Fiji Electricity Authority, BayWa, Société Générale, Vergnet, Elum Africa, and Bonima. It covers news from Senegal, Fiji, Zambia, Ghana, and Morocco.

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