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Wed

31

Oct

2018

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is about a strategic investment and several applications in the commercial and industrial microgrid segment: another project in mining, a large shopping mall, an agricultural solution and a microgrid at a corporate headquarter. This edition features Zenith Energy, Independence Group, Atterbury Property, Attacq, Solareff, Rolls-Royce, MTU Onsite Energy, Qinous, Cubbie, VivoPower, Aevitas Group, and Siemens.

Top 1

Solar-diesel hybrid plant with 6 MW PV at Independence Group’s Nova nickel-copper mine in Australia

Independence Group has chosen Zenith Energy to add a solar plant to its existing diesel power station at its Nova nickel mine. Zenith will build the 6 MW solar plant under an amendment to its existing power purchase agreement. The plant is expected to be commissioned by September 2020 with an initial supply period of six years and an option for Independence to extend for another two years. A conventional 20 MW diesel-powered plant currently powers the Nova operation in Western Australia.

https://thewest.com.au/business/energy/zenith-to-add-hybrid-solar-diesel-plant-to-independence-groups-novo-nickel-mine-ng-b88999783z

 

Top 2

Mall of Africa inaugurates the world’s largest rooftop solar-diesel hybrid solution in South Africa

The Mall of Africa, in Waterfall City in Midrand, South Africa uses solar energy. Solareff was responsible for the installation of the 4,8 MW PV solution that covers about 45 000m² of roof space. The shopping center’s developer Atterbury Property, which owns 20 percent of the mall with the majority 80 percent owned by listed property company Attacq, pointed out that they will use integrated rooftop solar-diesel hybrid solution at more of their properties in the future.

https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/mall-of-africa-covered-in-r50m-rooftop-solar-system-glory-17255606

 

Top 3

Rolls-Royce invests in energy storage company to expand microgrid offering

Rolls-Royce announced that it is investing in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH, a provider of energy storage solutions and control systems. With the investment, Rolls-Royce will now focus amongst others on the global hotel, hospital and emergency shelter market segments for microgrids.

https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/10/rollsroyce-invests-plugandplay-energy-storage-company-to-expand-microgrid-offering.html

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems adds: “In addition to the diesel and gas gensets supplied by MTU Onsite Energy, together with our partners such as Qinous we will now offer battery containers, include renewable power generation plants, and combine that with intelligent control. This strengthens our position as a provider of innovative power solutions who is able to supply customers with microgrid systems tailored to their specific requirements.”

 

Top 4

Australia’s largest cotton producer reduces diesel consumption with a 3.6-MW solar solution

The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Cubbie Ag, the largest cotton producer in Australia, and will produce electricity to help power Cubbie Station, the largest irrigation property in the southern hemisphere. It will generate enough electricity to supply 40% of Cubbie’s energy needs at Cubbie Station during the peak cotton ginning season, running from April to September. VivoPower International’s wholly-owned Australian subsidiary, Aevitas Group Limited has been awarded the EPC contract. The project is the first phase of a longer-term plan to expand to 7.2 MW, and will also include battery storage.

https://www.irrigationaustralia.com.au/news/vivopower-lands-epc-contract-for-australian-project

 

Top 5

Siemens launches microgrid with 1 MW solar and 140 kWh energy storage in South Africa

The system is located at Siemens’s South Africa headquarters in Midrand. The microgrid is built around a 1 MW PV plant strategically positioned throughout the Siemens Park campus that takes full advantage of the high solar irradiation.  Excess energy is stored in a 140KWh lithium-ion storage system.

http://sweetcrudereports.com/2018/07/04/ge-commissions-hybrid-distributed-power-unit-for-digo-village/

Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa explains: “This system will drive down our organization's energy costs and cut carbon emissions. We have already reduced the energy demand from the national grid by approximately 40% compared to previous years and more savings are expected with further optimization.”

 

Please also have a look at the survey that we are conducting at the moment in the African commercial and industrial renewable energy and energy storage segment: https://www.th-energy.net/2018/10/09/insights-commercial-and-industrial-applications-for-renewables-and-energy-storage-in-africa/

 

 

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Fri

12

Oct

2018

Survey: Commercial and Industrial Applications for Renewables and Energy Storage in Africa

Commercial and industrial off-takers might become a main driver for the energy transition in Africa. THEnergy is at the moment conducting a survey in this attractive market segment to provide detailed insights.

Around the world, more and more commercial and industrial off-takers integrate renewable energy solutions for powering their sites. Different business models can be observed: onsite renewable energy generation or supply through the grid. Companies often have the choice of investing their own capital or buying the electricity from an independent power producer. In hybrid projects, renewables will reduce the consumption of diesel or heavy fuel oil. We see renewable energy projects in numerous sectors such as mining, cement, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverages, telecommunications / telecom, agribusiness / agriculture, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, wood processing, textile and garments, refineries, banking (such as ATMs), petrol service stations / filling stations, data centers, real estate, shopping centers, and hospitality such as hotels, island resorts, restaurants, or safari lodges.

In Africa, the potential for renewables in the commercial and industrial segment is huge. Some of the flagship renewable energy projects in Africa rely on commercial or industrial off-take:

  • Iamgold (Burkina Faso)
  • Nevsun (Eritrea)
  • B2Gold (Namibia)
  • Ohorongo Cement (Namibia)
  • Namibia Breweries (Namibia)
  • London Distillers (Kenya)
  • Northern Noodles Ltd. (Nigeria)
  • Orange (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Ecobank ATMs (Ghana)
  • Garden City Mall (Kenya)
  • Mall of Africa (South Africa)
  • Unilever (Kenya)
  • Coca Cola (South Africa)

just to name a few.

 

The objective of the study is to enquire about the drivers of renewable energy adoption in the commercial and industrial segment in Africa. What are the bottlenecks? What could speeding up the development? What are regulatory requirements? We will also have a look beyond renewables and analyse energy storage solutions.

 

We are still looking for commercial and industrial offtakers to participate in the survey. As an incentive, we will share the results with those we select for the survey. You will even have the opportunity to ask questions in an exclusive conference call. Are you interested in which direction your industry is developing? Participating in our study is also an easy way of supporting renewable energy deployment in Africa! Contact us under info@th-energy.net to participate. The phone interview will only take 15-20 minutes.

 

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Fri

12

Oct

2018

Renewables for commercial and industrial solutions give hope for Africa’s energy transition – takeaways from the BNEF Future of Energy Summit

Corporate PPA-based renewable energy solutions could play an important role in markets that build up new capacity

The main topics at this year’s BNEF Future of Energy Summit, which took place last week in London, were related to challenges in the shift to a more decentralized energy system, flexibility and market design requirements in a low carbon economy, the role of utilities and oil&gas companies in the energy transition, e-mobility, digitalization, renewables beyond subsidies and emerging markets.

 

BloombergNEF’s Tom Rowlands-Rees illustrated impressively that grids were centralized mainly because traditional power plants could offer immense economies of scale. This is not the case for wind and solar energy. The problem is that the market design has often not been adapted and incumbents try to defend their ground. In an optimized low emission energy system, power generation can be generated closer by off-takers and grid capacity can be partly replaced by energy storage.

 

This is a point that was also covered by the session “Powering Business in Africa and the Middle East” in which responsAbility, Greenwish, CrossBoundry, Aggreko, and Oxygen Africa participated. In many African countries, the power system is not mature. Significant generation and grid capacity is missing. Building up the system allows for an optimized approach. Additional generation capacity can be built on-site.

 

In Africa, we have seen renewable energy solutions from large mining companies such as IAMGOLD (Burkina Faso), Nevsun (Eritrea), or B2Gold (Namibia). Similar systems are applied in many other sectors such as cement (Ohorongo Cement - Namibia), food & beverages (Coca Cola Bottling Partners in South Africa and Ghana, Unilever in Kenya), telecommunications (Orange in DRC), shopping malls (Garden City Mall in Kenya and Mall of Africa in South Africa), and banking (Ecobank ATMs in Ghana). Commercial and industrial off-takers do not have to invest their own capital, but more and more IPPs build on-site solar or wind power plants and sell back the electricity to off-takers.

Picture credit: Bloomberg
Picture credit: Bloomberg

CrossBoundry’s Kathleen Jean-Pierre made clear that though corporate PPAs look good on paper, in reality, severe challenges must be accepted. These challenges have several roots and range from the complexity of contracts and regulatory issues, to the general risks of doing business in Africa.

 

There is a huge un-tapped potential for on-site renewable energy solutions in Africa. Even if it does not constitute a significant share of their current business, several oil&gas companies are entering the electricity market, certain with a renewable energy focus as the following overview from BloombergNEF shows:

Picture credit: Bloomberg
Picture credit: Bloomberg

Our experience at THEnergy is that many oil&gas players have a special interest in African markets. This can be explained to some extent by the fact that many of them are already active with their downstream or upstream business in Africa and are more experienced in doing business in this challenging environment. Through their downstream business, oil&gas companies often have long customer relationships with commercial and industrial off-takers. This could give them a strong advantage in the field of corporate PPAs and onsite renewables.

Thu

23

Aug

2018

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is mainly about projects in rural electrification. It covers projects in Australia, Gabon, Alaska, Great Britain, and Ethiopia.  The new edition features Aggreko, Younicos, Gold Fields, ENGIE, Ausar Energy, SAFT, Moixa Energy, Hitachi, and General Electric.

Top 1

Aggreko and Younicos to power Gold Fields mine in Australia with a solar-gas-battery hybrid solution

In Western Australia, solar is combined with gas. Aggreko won the contract to build and operate the 21MW power station in 2016, and has since worked with Gold Fields on plans to provide 7.3MW of solar power generation, as well as a 2MW/1MWh battery system, to be integrated with the existing gas supply as a hybrid power station. The system will be provided under a ‘microgrid-as-a-service’ business model.

https://www.miningmagazine.com/power-remote-power/news/1341271/aggreko-to-introduce-renewables-at-granny-smith

Karim Wazni, Managing Director – Aggreko Microgrids and Storage Solutions, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Gold Fields on their Granny Smith power supply. The combination of solar, battery and gas that we can offer in our portfolio is probably the most competitive, reliable and cleanest way to supply power to remote locations in Australia.”

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Top 2

Hybrid systems with a combined capacity of 2.2 MWp to be built in Gabon

French utility ENGIE’s regional subsidiary, Ausar Energy, will deploy eight hybrid solar systems in Gabon after an agreement was signed with CDC, the Gabonese financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. The solar systems have a combined capacity of 2.2 MWp.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/08/08/engie-to-deploy-hybrid-solar-in-gabon/

“With construction set to begin in a few weeks, this project will contribute to the Gabonese Republic's proactive policy of using renewable energy – solar and hydropower – to increase the country's energy capacities. The solar energy will be used in eight locations that are currently supplied by oil-fired thermal power stations, and will save 2,600 tons of CO2 per year and reduce generation costs by 30%,” comments Raphael Tilot, the Chief Customer Solutions Officer of ENGIE’s Africa Business Unit.

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Top 3

950 kWh energy storage for Alaskan microgrid with 2.9 MW wind capacity

The Alaskan city of Kotzebue has integrated a SAFT lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system (ESS) into its off-grid microgrid. The ESS enables the hybrid wind-diesel power system to achieve its full potential, providing cleaner, more reliable and less expensive power to a remote community of 3,700 people.

https://www.altenergymag.com/article/2018/08/energy-storage-for-alaskan-microgrid/29042/

“The logistical challenges of transporting diesel fuel to small communities in the far north of Canada and Alaska result in very high costs for electricity, which can be mitigated by the addition of wind generation. Combining energy storage as part of these deployments allows curtailments to be minimized and fuel savings to be maximized, particularly when diesel-off operation is enabled”, explains Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at SAFT.

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Top 4

$14m storage and renewables model to be tested on UK islands

British battery company Moixa is installing smart batteries on Scilly as part of the £10.8m ($14m) Smart Energy Islands project, which is being led by Hitachi Europe. Scilly is an archipelago off the Cornish coast in southwest England. The project is part financed by £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund, will lay the foundations for the wider Smart Islands program, which aims to cut electricity bills by 40 per cent by 2025.

https://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2018/07/uk-islands-used-to-test-14m-storage-and-renewables-model.html

Simon Daniel, CEO at Moixa Energy Holdings Ltd, points out: “The Isles of Scilly serves as a global test-bed for solar and batteries in an isolated environment, showing how they can save money for households, enable more clean renewable power, and support efficient, cost-effective energy systems, reducing the reliance on the grid. It helps inform how the UK can deliver as a Smart Energy island, and leverage batteries for flexibility as solar, wind and EV adoption grows, and show-cases the value of such technologies for communities and for international markets.”

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Top 5

GE commissions hybrid distributed power unit for Digo village

General Electric (GE) has commissioned a scalable microgrid system powered by solar-diesel plus battery storage unit for Digo Village in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. The system which was implemented in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, the Oromia Region Energy bureau as well as Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) will provide power to 1,500 inhabitants of Digo. The offtakers are a health clinic, school, administrative offices, and homes.

http://sweetcrudereports.com/2018/07/04/ge-commissions-hybrid-distributed-power-unit-for-digo-village/

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Sun

08

Jul

2018

DiscoverHydropower: A visit to four hydropower plants in Portugal, Scotland, and Iceland

While falling costs of solar and wind power plants have sparked a boom all over the world, hydropower is marginalized in many regions. A recent visit by four energy experts to four hydropower plants in Portugal, Scotland, and Iceland raises the question of whether hydropower can play a role in the energy transition toward renewables.

 

Hydropower is cheap

Hydropower is an extremely inexpensive energy source. Harvesting water means significant competitive advantages for countries with hydropower resources. For example, Iceland’s economy largely profits from the fact that hydropower is the cheapest source of energy. The small island country between the European and American continents managed to attract three large aluminum smelters – despite high labor costs. Other applications that are energy intensive have followed. Verne Global, Advania Data, and Vodafone have built up data centers in Iceland with low electricity costs and low ambient temperatures being the main differentiators in global competition.

 

The lifetime of hydropower plants is extremely long. Hydropower plants require mainly investment costs while operating costs are marginal. During the tour, the expert team visited amongst other plants, Budarhals, a run-of-river power plant in the Icelandic Highlands operated by Landsvirkjun, the national power company for wholesale markets in Iceland. The 95 MW power plant located on the Tungnaá River and inaugurated in 2014 consists of two Kaplan turbines with an environmental friendly design such as water filled runner hubs. It helped Landsvirkjun to increase its capacity and cater for higher power demand from booming tourism and new commercial offtakers such as data centers.

 

https://goo.gl/5L3JSG

Hydropower is flexible

 

Intermittencies from new renewable energy sources such as solar and wind pose a significant challenge for grid operators all over the world. Both pumped hydro and run-of-river plants incorporate flexibility and can be used for balancing these fluctuations. Several flexibility innovations could be observed during the DiscoverHydropower Tour at EDP’s pumped storage plant Frades II in Northern Portugal, one of the most modern hydropower plants in the world and the largest variable speed pumped storage plant in Europe commissioned last year.

 

Two variable speed pump turbines have a rated output of 390 MW each. The key to this power plant are two asynchronous generators whose speed is not tied to line frequency and so can vary - unlike conventional asynchronous generators. The innovative solution at Frades II offers five main advantages:

 

 

  1. The plant can respond faster and more flexibly to the active and reactive demand from the power grid;

     

  2. It offers additional stability in the event of a drop in voltage, reducing the likelihood of a power failure;
  3. It enables a fast restart if a power outage does occur;
  4. It increases the total number of operating hours of the plant;
  5. It increases overall operational efficiency. 

 

https://goo.gl/SV1SrM

Pumped hydro energy storage solutions can play an important role – especially in countries like Portugal that have added huge wind and solar power capacities in recent years. A 390 MW unit at Frades II can add 40 MW capacity within a second. In the case of Frades II, this allows the operator EDP to actively participate in the control reserve / frequency control markets.

 

https://goo.gl/pmNssb

Hydropower has become intelligent and digital

The main hydropower technologies have been proven for centuries. In recent years, competition from other types of renewable energy such as wind and solar energy has increased the pressure on hydro manufacturers. Modern hydropower plants enter the era of digital factories. Remote monitoring and control solutions allow operators to run hydropower plants from central control rooms. Even at plants in the higher triple digit MW-size range, no onsite personnel are needed during normal operation. Digitalization also allows for remote preventive maintenance. All these measures will even further decrease direct costs of hydropower and most of them will also contribute to prolong the lifetime of the plants.

 

At all four stops of the DiscoverHydropower Tour, it was obvious that digitalization is driving innovation in hydropower forward. This was also visible at two 2MW units from the Voith Hydro subsidiary Kössler that we have seen in Scotland. Green Highland is operating Coiltie and Lock Eilde Mor, two small-scale run-of-river power plants in the Scottish Highlands. It is especially crucial for small-scale hydro that no onsite personnel are needed. In comparison to large-scale hydro, the annual electricity generated is relatively low and even a single salary would increase operational costs significantly. Similarly, it is important to have a remote maintenance concept that reduces the number of required site visits.

 

https://goo.gl/fHzHb8

Hydropower is communicable

 

As with other renewable sources, such a wind, solar, and geothermal, hydropower is attractive for end-consumers. There is a huge untapped potential for using hydro-power in end-consumer communication. Diversified utilities with conventional and unconventional power plants in their generation mix might try to form end-consumer products based on different energy sources. Power producers that focus on hydro or renewables in general will be in an even better position to use hydropower toward end-consumers as they enjoy far higher customer credibility. An additional aspect in end-consumer communication is whether or not these renewable energy assets are newly built or if a provider relies on a portfolio of existing plants. In many cases, even surplus cost for renewables might be recovered from the end-customers through a higher willingness-to-pay.

(based on discussions with the DiscoverHydropower participant Fridrik Larsen who runs a great conference about branding energy: https://goo.gl/s8oirj)

Climate change makes the pendulum swing toward hydropower

 

Hydropower – like many other large infrastructure projects - has negative consequences on the environment as it changes landscapes and endangers animals and human beings alike. There is always a trade-off between these disadvantages and the fact that hydropower is a competitive source of power generation suited for providing electricity in a flexible way. In the end, politics must strive for the right balance between local adverse effects and the manifold advantages of hydropower. As global warming is progressing, the pendulum is swinging toward hydropower The „not in my backyard” attitude is becoming more prevalent and the value of hydroelectricity for individual economies is increasing. In times when the “not in my backyard” attitude assumes momentum for all kinds of large-scale projects quickly, it is important to put also the advantages of hydropower more in focus so that well-balanced decisions can be made.

The author was invited by Voith Hydro to visit four hydropower plants in Portugal, Scotland and Iceland together with three other energy experts, Claudia Kemfert, Fridrik Larsen, and Kevin O’Donovan. Voith Hydro sponsored the six-day journey, selected the plants that were visited during the trip and provided the experts with information via discussions. This article, however, fully reflects the opinion of the author – independent of any official positions of Voith Hydro.

 

https://goo.gl/5rVgnt

 

Thu

07

Jun

2018

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is mainly about projects in rural electrification. It covers projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Morocco, and Cook Islands. It features Akuo Energy, Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia (MCA), WEnergy Global, Gigawatt Power Inc., Vivant Corp., ABB, IBC SOLAR, SEWT, and Entura.

Top 1

1,2 MWp solar / 2,1 MWh storage for hybrid plants at three villages in rural Indonesia

In Indonesia, Akuo Energy and Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia (MCA) have commissioned three solar plus battery power plants with a combined solar capacity of 1,2 MWp and storage capacity of 2,1 MWh. The off-grid plants will provide 24-hours access to electricity for 400 households and 41 public facilities in the villages of Merabu (311 kWp), Long Beliu (518 kWp), and Teluk Sumbang (414 kWp) in Berau Regency of East Kalimantan Province. The renewable energy penetration reaches 100% during the first years of operation until the load growth in the villages requires the use of small diesel gensets a few hours a day. Over the lifetime of the project, 80% of the energy will come from solar. The off-grid systems are in possession of the village-owned company BUMDes and operated with the help of Akuo Energy. Pre-paid meters have been installed in each building and the generated electricity is sold at a price on par with the unsubsidized tariff of the national utility PLN.

http://kaltim.prokal.co/read/news/329703-wabup-resmikan-plts-di-tiga-kampung.html (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Eric Scotto, Chairman of Akuo Energy, adds: “We are very proud to bring hybrid minigrids to some of the remotest villages of Indonesia and help foster the local economy with the supply of clean energy as well as the implementation of social impact programs. The financial support from MCA has been a key enabler as these rural electrification projects still require some level of development financing."

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Top 2

Large-scale solar-diesel hybrid in the Philippines

The Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SREC) will break ground in Palawan its first hybrid power plant with a micro-grid to provide power to Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan. The hybrid power plant consists of a 1.4-megawatt peak (MWp) solar photovoltaics (PV) with a 2.3-megawatt (MW) battery storage system, and a 1.2-MW diesel generator.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/04/23/hybrid-energy-project-breaks-ground-tuesday-in-puerto-princesa/

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Top 3

India’s first industrial solar microgrid commissioned in Gujarat

ABB announced it has commissioned India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its Vadodara manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The containerized microgrid installation in Vadodara includes a 600 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) field and a battery energy storage system (BESS). The Vadodara factory is ABB’s largest facility in India with over 3,000 employees and among its biggest manufacturing hubs in the world.

https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/indias-first-industrial-solar-microgrid-commissioned-in-gujarat/63925974

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Top 4

SEWT and IBC have installed a solar-diesel hybrid plant with battery storage in Morocco

IBC SOLAR and its Moroccan partner company SEWT (Sun Energy and Water Technologies) have announced delivered and installed an off-grid PV hybrid system with a capacity of 126 kWp ordered by the National Moroccan Fishery Office (Office National des Pêches – ONP). The system consists also consists of batteries and diesel generators and is located in Aftissat, a fisher’s village in the province of Boujdour (Southern Morocco). With an annual production of 233,000 kWh, the system is able to cover the daily energy needs of the fisher’s village every day of the year. Refrigeration, cold storage units, shops and domestic infrastructure constantly consume around 600 kWh electricity per day. The PV hybrid system has been designed for autonomous self-consumption and helps to reduce diesel costs by 95 percent and CO2 emissions by 99 percent. The whole system is PV centralised, therefore diesel generators are still part of the system but only needed as a back-up in times of low irradiation or low batteries.
http://www.sunwindenergy.com/photovoltaics-press-releases/ibc-solar-pv-system-improves-living-conditions-fishermens-village

Udo Möhrstedt, CEO and founder of IBC SOLAR AG, explains: “Solar energy plays a key part in Morocco’s national energy strategy aiming to achieve a 50% contribution of renewable energy to the country’s energy mix by 2030. More than 2000 MW of solar capacity will be built as part of several programs including CSP and PV systems. The potential of hybrid solar PV-diesel systems is immense for a large part of the country in remote areas not connected to the national electric grid.
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Top 5
Cook Islands to be fully powered by solar plus battery by 2020
The first solar plant has been completed on Mitiaro Island. It was designed to supply all the power needs of the island. These new solar plus battery projects in the Cook Islands demonstrate how off-grid regions can escape reliance on diesel generators. All inhabited Cook Islands are the target of renewable energy projects. The Australian company Entura has been instrumental in making this happen for the Cook Islands.

https://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-news/powered-new-solar-plus-battery/

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Wed

16

May

2018

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

 

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Apr

2018

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is again about two projects at remote mines and also several projects in rural electrification. It covers projects in Australia, Nigeria, Russia, the Maldives, and the Philippines. It features EDL, SunSHIFT, South32, SunPower, Nigeria’s REA, Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Hevel Group, Polymetal, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Maldives, Solar Philippines, and Tesla.

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Energy Developments and SunSHIFT to build a 3 MWp solar plant at South32’s Cannington mine in Australia to reduce gas consumption

The solar plant will be developed to generate electricity for the mine’s accommodation village and airport, with surplus power to support the mining and processing operations. The new plant at South32’s lead-silver-zinc operation in Queensland will be the second largest solar installation at a remote, off-grid mining operation in Australia and the first to be integrated into a gas-fired power station.

https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/south32-develop-solar-farm-cannington-mine/

Will Rayward-Smith, SunSHIFT General Manager: “We have commercialized large-scale, modular and moveable solar PV technology to provide the mining sector with access to low-cost renewable energy on flexible contract terms. We hope to unlock the next wave of solar users within the mining sector in Australia and overseas.” In mining, the movability produces clear benefits when the life of the mine is shorter than the lifetime of the solar power plant. This also has consequences regarding various components. PV modules with a higher efficiency come with the advantages that a smaller plant must be relocated. Chris O’Brien, chief commercial officer, SunPower Australia applies a similar reasoning: “Our high-efficiency solar panels produce 30 percent more energy from the same space in the first year compared to conventional panels. Also extremely durable, they’re optimal for a solar solution like SunSHIFT’s which may be repeatedly relocated over its lifetime.”

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Nigeria rolls out 10,000 minigrids to electrify rural communities

Nigeria’s Federal Government has completed arrangements to roll out 10,000 minigrids to support electrification of underserved communities. The initiative is led by the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and supported by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/power-fg-rolls-10000-minigrids-electrify-rural-communities/

Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director at REA explains: “This is an exciting time for investing in the renewable energy sector in Nigeria. The Nigerian Minigrid Investment prospectus has quantified the Nigerian off-market potential as a $9.2bn/year market. The REA is confident that with its continued work on supportive policies, continued cost reductions, and targeted finance, the Nigerian minigrid market can scale rapidly to over 10,000 sites by 2023, powering 14% of the population with capacity up to 3,000 MW”. Stephen Doig, a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute adds: "The minigrid opportunity in Nigeria is unmatched for several reasons. First, there are gigawatts of loads that are currently served with more expensive generators.  Second, the growth potential is very high with large additional loads likely to come on line once the businesses are established.  Third, the government and the Rural Electrification Agency has created a supportive environment with clear regulations and a simplified process to establish minigrids.  These conditions are hard to find elsewhere in the world.”

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Hevel Group to build 1 MWp solar plant at Polymetal mine in Russia’s Far East for diesel reduction

The new solar plant will be built by the Russian Hevel Group at Polymetal's Svetloye gold mine. Diesel reduction is estimated at 250t per year. It is the first solar-diesel hybrid plant for a mine in Russia. As Russia is among the top mining countries in the world, a significant market potential can be expected in this segment.

https://im-mining.com/2018/04/14/russias-hevel-group-build-solar-plant-polymetal-mine-far-east/

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Installation of solar-diesel hybrid system at H. A. Atoll in the Maldives begins

Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Maldives reports that once the project is complete, the H. A. Atoll will have a 2.3MWp solar PV system, 17 diesel gensets of 3.3MW, and 2.5MW of batteries.

https://en.sun.mv/48007

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Solar Philippines inaugurates hybrid plant with 2MW solar, 2MWh energy storage and 2MW diesel backup

The plant brings cheaper, more reliable power to areas poorly served by utilities. Solar Philippines used a lithium-ion battery from Tesla. The project in Paluan, a municipality of Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines, was inaugurated on March 11th.

https://www.energy-storage.news/news/no-more-brownouts-philippines-town-hails-arrival-of-tesla-battery

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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."

 

Top 4

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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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.

Top 1

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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Top 4

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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Top 5

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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31

Oct

2018

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

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is about a strategic investment and several applications in the commercial and industrial microgrid segment: another project in mining, a large shopping mall, an agricultural solution and a microgrid at a corporate headquarter. This edition features Zenith Energy, Independence Group, Atterbury Property, Attacq, Solareff, Rolls-Royce, MTU Onsite Energy, Qinous, Cubbie, VivoPower, Aevitas Group, and Siemens.

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Oct

2018

Survey: Commercial and Industrial Applications for Renewables and Energy Storage in Africa

Commercial and industrial off-takers might become a main driver for the energy transition in Africa. THEnergy is at the moment conducting a survey in this attractive market segment to provide detailed insights.

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