Blog

Thu

23

Mar

2017

Our customer ABB Germany is looking for a Sales Manager Microgrids m/f

ABB is strategically growing the Microgrid business and creates the position of a Sales Manager Microgrids m/f.

You will be responsible for the overall sales and promotion processes of products within ABB’s Micro Grids & Distributed Generation Product Group in Mannheim, Germany or at home office. Therefore you will get to capture opportunities and be an “Ambassador” for ABB’s customers in Germany and other central European markets. Interested? Have a look at the job description:

http://new.abb.com/de/karriere/stellenanzeige/details/60143676/sales-manager-microgrids-m-w

 

0 Comments

Wed

22

Mar

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.

0 Comments

Sun

19

Mar

2017

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.

Top 1

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

Like & retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/844657606903910401

 

Top 2

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/

Like & retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/844656592800878593

 

Top 3

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.

Like & retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/844655758629326853

 

Top 4

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.”

Like & retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/844655259456811010

 

Top 5

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

Like & retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/844654639517745152

 

If you want to receive the news earlier, please follows us on TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet.
Also use likes and retweets on Twitter to show which of the Top 5 news you like best! All likes and retweets are added up; the result will be published in our
 NEWSLETTER!
Sign up for our 
NEWSLETTER at http://www.th-energy.net/newsletter-1/

0 Comments

Sun

19

Feb

2017

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.

Top 1

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/

 

Top 2

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

 

Top 3

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/

 

Top 4

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

 

Top 5

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

 

 

If you want to receive the news earlier, please follows us on TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet.
Also use likes and retweets on Twitter to show which of the Top 5 news you like best! All likes and retweets are added up; the result will be published in our
NEWSLETTER!
Sign up for our 
NEWSLETTER at http://www.th-energy.net/newsletter-1/

0 Comments

Mon

30

Jan

2017

Big Money Off The Grid

Article in pv magazine 12/2016

 

Off-grid market: The first large scale PPA for an off-grid project by French investor Neoen has triggered a wave of activity in the sector. Thomas Hillig, Director at THEnergy Consultants, looks at investment opportunities in the off-grid market.

 

https://www.pv-magazine.com/magazine-archive/big-money-off-the-grid/

0 Comments

Wed

18

Jan

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – December 2016 by THEnergy

The December edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features Rio Grande Renewables, Demand Energy, CapStone Solutions, Naknek Electric Association, EPE, Multicon Solar, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). It covers projects from Costa Rica to Alaska and shows that solar-diesel hybrid projects are economically viable in many different geographies.

Top 1

Rio Grande Renewables Completes A 276 kW/500 kW Solar+Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

The US project developer partnered with Demand Energy on the microgrid for Establishment Labs S.A., a medical manufacturing plant in Costa Rica. The grid-connected system can integrate intermittent solar PV for on-site self-consumption. In case of outages, the microgrid will island itself off and continue operating in standalone mode.

https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2016/12/29/rio-grande-renewables-completes-solarstorage-microgrid-in-costa-rica/

“Energy storage with solar PV is the perfect complement to diesel backup at critical production facilities, such as medical manufacturing plants – especially in regions where the grid is prone to outages. With an intelligently controlled system, resiliency improves, costs decrease, and diesel use is minimized,” explains Erick Peterson, VP of Marketing, Demand Energy.

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/826093822186749953

 

Top 2

Solar-Diesel Hybrid Is Profitable Even In Alaska: Naknek augments power supply with new solar plant

CapStone Solutions developed and installed what is currently the largest solar array in Alaska. The 80.08 kW plant is situated in the tundra near Pederson Point and was sold to Naknek Electric Association.

http://kdlg.org/post/naknek-augments-power-supply-new-solar-array#stream/0

“Despite the lack of significant solar resource, solar + storage is still the least cost option when combined with an existing diesel grid in the far North. The inclusion of solar into a diesel micro grid can cut diesel power use by up to 50%,” comments David Nicol, CapStone's director of solar development.

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/826052299617398784

 

Top 3

Brazil Issues Call For Solar-Diesel Hybrid Projects

Brazil's energy planning agency EPE has called for expressions of interest in solar-diesel hybrid power generation projects in the Amazon region. The solar-diesel plants would meet electricity demand in 54 off-grid areas served by Eletrobras Distribuição Amazonas.

http://www.epe.gov.br/geracao/Documents/NT%20Sist%20H%C3%ADbrido%20Grupo%20B%20AmE%20(EPE-DEE-NT-091_2016-r0).pdf

http://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/electricpower/brazil-issues-call-for-solar-diesel-hybrid-projects

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/826036601532870657

 

Top 4

Multicon Solar’s Mobile Solar Container Wins Prestigious Energy Globe Award

Each solar container has a capacity of up to 86 kWp and stores up to 150 kWh of solar power. They can generate single-phase or three-phase power. The containers can be coupled together and can be scaled up to several megawatts. This also makes it possible to cover the electricity needs of hospitals, refugee camps, water desalination plants and hotel facilities. Multicon received the award for which more than 2000 projects were nominated at the ceremony of the UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh. 

http://www.pv-magazine.de/unternehmensmeldungen/details/beitrag/multicon-solar-wins-the-prestigious-energy-globe-award-for-its-mobile-solar-container_100025244/

“Our container is the perfect solution for the electrification of remote areas. You don't need an expert technician on the ground, anyone can start it up,” explains Sven Leinardi, Executive Manager at Multicon Solar Group

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/826019189110472704

 

Top 5

IRENA Announces Funding Round for Renewables in Developing Nations

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have opened a fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. In the past many solar-diesel hybrid microgrids were funded.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/irena-announces-funding-round-for-renewables-in-developing-nations.html

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/825978145014763520

 

If you want to receive the news earlier, please follows us on TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet.

0 Comments

Wed

07

Dec

2016

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – November 2016 by THEnergy

The November edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features Tesla, SolarCity, Redavia, Shanta Gold, New Sun Road, Microsoft, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye Resort, Omni Power and Astronergy. In the past month, we have seen interesting microgrid projects on islands, solar for the mining industry and a large-scale commercial PV solution for post-offices in Bangladesh.

 

Top 1

Tesla Powers American Samoan Island With Solar-Storage Microgrid

Tesla and SolarCity have deployed a solar plus storage microgrid on the island of Ta’u located more than 4,000 miles from the U.S. West Coast. Before, the island had suffered power rationing and outages. The microgrid consists of a 1.4 MW PV array and 6 MWh of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. Diesel gensets are only used as back-up.

http://www.decentralized-energy.com/articles/2016/11/american-samoan-island-powered-by-solar-storage-microgrid.html

 

Top 2

Redavia to Expand Its Shanta Gold Mine PV Project to 672kW in Tanzania

The expansion project is the second phase of a two-phased process to increase New Luika's use of solar energy. The existing 63kW rental solar power plant built in 2014 will be extended by 609kW. Work on the expansion plant has already begun and will continue into 2017.

https://www.miningreview.com/news/redavia-to-boost-solar-capacity-at-new-luika-gold-mine/

"Shanta Gold's decision to expand Redavia's rental solar farm to more than ten-fold is strong proof that rental solar makes sense for off-grid mines”, comments Erwin Spolders, CEO of Redavia.

 

Top 3

Microsoft Supported Start-up New Sun Road Powers Islands in Southern Uganda

The 50,000 inhabitants of the Ssese Islands in Uganda depend largely on the fishing industry. New Sun Road built solar microgrids that substituted costly diesel energy and provides reliable power supply for the local industry.

http://nextbillion.net/an-opportunity-for-small-businesses-expanding-affordable-internet-access-grant-applications-open-today/

“New Sun Road’s project delivers affordable, clean energy and productive services to rural small businesses, many of them operated by women. We believe their solution will massively scale in the years to come due to their significant investments in leveraging the power of big data, the cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to deliver clean energy and connectivity more efficiently and effectively”, explains Kevin Connolly, Business Development at Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative. Jalel Sager, Director of New Sun Road adds: “Uganda has all the right conditions for a vibrant solar market—lots of off-grid users, plenty of sunshine, and fluency in mobile money. Once its small-power producer regulations become firmer and more evenly enforced, we can expect to see a very quick uptake.”

 

Top 4  

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Island Resort in Belize Will Be Powered By Renewables 

Blackadore Caye Resort off the Atlantic coast of Belize was planned by Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd. There will be 36 residential estate homes and 36 bookable bungalows spread over the island's 104 acres. Solar panels will be installed to generate as much renewable energy as possible. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-07/leonardo-dicaprio-s-private-island-resort-blackadore-caye-belize 

This could be an interesting reference for renewable energy players. If DiCaprio is ambitious, he could create another flagship example for renewables on islands, like Over Yonder Cay of the Bosarge Family Office, Richard Branson’s Necker Island or Club Med’s Gasfinolhu Island.

 

Top 5

Omni Power equips 8,500 post offices in Bangladesh with solar

The PV installations will provide a reliable off grid power source to post offices in remote regions where power cuts or lack of grid connection are a problem. The Bangladeshi Government will cover the costs, which amount to US$20 million. Many PV plants will reduce diesel consumption. The PV modules will be delivered by Astronergy.

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/astronergy-equips-bangladesh-post-offices-with-solar-modules_100026894/#ixzz4S8xisbAY

 

If you want to receive the news earlier, please follows us on TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet.
Also use likes and retweets on Twitter to show which of the Top 5 news you like best! All likes and retweets are added up; the result will be published in our
NEWSLETTER!
Sign up for our 
NEWSLETTER at http://www.th-energy.net/newsletter-1/

0 Comments

Tue

08

Nov

2016

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016 by THEnergy

The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. As in September, we see interesting projects with energy storage. We also see that the microgrid idea enters new markets such as Egypt and Croatia.

Top 1

Egypt’s first large-scale off-grid solar plant is a solar-diesel hybrid system

KarmSolar added 1 MWp PV to an existing 5 MW diesel plant that powers a dairy farm owned by a subsidiary of Juhayna.

http://enterprise.press/stories/2016/10/05/karmsolar-launches-egypts-first-off-grid-solar-plant/

KarmSolar believes the off-grid solar/diesel potential lies in the growing off-grid agricultural and tourism sectors in Egypt and MEA. By offering our clients turnkey and PPA options, KarmSolar is able to successfully penetrate these traditionally diesel dependent sectors enabling the quick commercial replacement of expensive diesel fuel with clean solar power,” comments Ahmed Zahran, CEO of KarmSolar.

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/796105871650680832

 

Top 2

SolarAfrica uses a 3.15MWh Tesla Powerpack to power an off-grid solar system at a luxury safari lodge South Africa

Singita has partnered with clean energy solutions provider SolarAfrica to build, own and operate a hybrid microgrid solution for Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges. The lodges are located in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

https://electrek.co/2016/10/05/tesla-powerpack-power-off-grid-solar-system-safari-lodge-africa/

Energy storage is the 'missing link' in the evolution of renewables. Projects like our clean energy solution with Singita are essential to showcase how we will be powering ourselves in the not too distant future. These remote projects are commercially viable near zero carbon solutions. Something unheard of a few years back and demonstrates the exciting advancements taking place in battery storage,” says SolarAfrica’s Executive Director, James Irons. “A microgrid with battery storage is ideally suited to offgrid safari lodges as it allows for the optimal use of clean renewable energy which is in line with the conservation ethos of most safari businesses. Reducing generator run time means a lower carbon footprint and less invasive noise for guests in camp,” adds Luke Bailes, Singita's Owner and Chief Executive Officer.

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/796104016224808961

 

Top  3

Sungrow connects 13 MWp solar+storage microgrid plant in China

The grid-connected system is the highest microgrid in the world. It is located in the harsh environs of Shuanghu, Tibet. The microgrid consists of 13 MWp of solar PV and 7 MW of battery energy storage.

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/sungrow-connects-20-mw-solarstorage-microgrid-plant-in-china_100026665/#ixzz4PRvHO6Zg

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/796102067823767552

 

Top 4

Napa Valley Alpha Omega Winery installs solar+storage microgrid

Alpha Omega, located in the Rutherford Bench area of California’s Napa Valley, has inaugurated a microgrid system with 400 kW of PV and 580 kWh of battery energy storage from Aquion Energy. According to Alpha Omega, the microgrid system reduces the winery’s average monthly utility bill from USD15,000 to USD1,000. The project developer Blue Sky Utility compiled the financing structure and the microgrid solution in conjunction with EPC company Bpi.

http://solarindustrymag.com/napa-valley-winery-installs-solarstorage-microgrid/

"Solar and energy storage systems enable wineries to generate and store solar energy for on-demand use. This allows them to lower their electricity bills, avoid peak demand or time of use charges, be more independent from the grid, and have their own energy source in the case of a grid outage. With storage, wineries can maximize their use of solar and power more of their business from clean energy," explains Tim Poor, Chief Commercial Officer at Aquion Energy.

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/796094524875571201

 

Top 5

Solar powered orchard irrigation system in Croatia replaced diesel power

The photovoltaic system with 90.75 kW powers water pumps to irrigate the orchards at the plant Rabo I - III. The irrigation system in Kneževi Vinogradi produces 123.2 MWh electricity p.a. which covers 100 percent of the total demand for the new SPS. The estimated CO2 savings are 48.44 tons p.a. Luxor Solar has delivered the PV modules. 

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Installation/Solar-powered-orchard-irrigation-system-in-Croatia-saves-33-500-litres-diesel-yearly

Like and retweet: https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet/status/796093496981594113

 

If you want to receive the news earlier, please follows us on TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/THEnergyNet.
Also use likes and retweets on Twitter to show which of the Top 5 news you like best! All likes and retweets are added up; the result will be published in our
NEWSLETTER!
Sign up for our 
NEWSLETTER at http://www.th-energy.net/newsletter-1/

0 Comments

Mon

07

Nov

2016

Stronger Together - Many new partnerships are forming in solar and wind microgrid markets

Microgrid consultancy THEnergy sees increasing interest in strategic partnerships for both main segments of the microgrid market: remote solar- or wind-diesel hybrid and utility microgrids.

Microgrids are one of the hottest topics in the renewable energy world. Solar and wind energy are changing the paradigms of electricity generation toward more decentralized solutions. The utility microgrid segment is mainly driven by autarky and reasons related to supply security, while solar- or wind-diesel hybrid microgrids are mainly driven by cost reductions. In remote locations, in particular, diesel is an extremely expensive source for electricity generation and renewable energy is typically competitive without additional incentives.

 

Recently, though more and more projects are being realized, the bottleneck is still on the market side. Many players have formed or are in the process of forming partnerships. “We see two main targets for these partnerships: market access and technology enhancement by pooling complementary solutions”, says Dr. Thomas Hillig, Managing Director of THEnergy.

On the technology side, ABB has teamed up with Samsung and Ideal Power with LG Chem and Aquion Energy in order to provide tailor-made microgrid solutions featuring energy storage systems. The inverter manufacturers Fronius and Victron have also joined forces in a strategic partnership for smaller microgrids. For larger plants, Schneider Electric has developed a control solution in cooperation with DEIF.

Sometimes the objectives of the partnership are twofold. For microgrids, Caterpillar has lined up with First Solar. From a technology perspective, Caterpillar covers diesel genset expertise, while from a market perspective, Caterpillar is a leading supplier in the mining industry – a key target sector of many microgrid players. First Solar contributes photovoltaics expertise. Sometimes the collaboration goes beyond pure strategic partnerships. The French utility ENGIE has invested USD 6 million in the California-based company Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) targeting utility microgrids. The French oil and gas major Total SA has acquired majority and minority stakes in several renewable energy and storage companies that cover key aspects of the microgrid value-chain. Among the investments are Sunpower, Saft, Aquion Energy, STEM, LightSail Energy, EnerVault, Ambri, Offgrid Electric, Powerhive, and DP Energy. It will be interesting to see if Total SA intends to integrate these investments in the future.

 

 

“We have been working with several companies in screening the microgrid market landscape for potential partners and have assisted them in setting up partnerships. Especially for smaller players, strategic partnerships are an important vehicle for entering new markets”, says Hillig. “We are constantly looking at growing our network of microgrid players in emerging markets. At this stage, many of our European and American customers intend to access new markets through strategic partnerships. We also help them to design and implement these new partnerships. Often the beginning of a partnership paves the way for how successful the collaboration will be long-term.”

 

Are you interested in partnering with a local company to develop solar- or wind-diesel hybrid projects? We assist our clients in finding the right partners and in setting up partnerships.
If you are developing solar- or wind-diesel projects in off-grid or weak-grid markets and are looking to join forces with international companies? We might add you to our pool of local project developers.

 

Please contact us: email.

0 Comments

Tue

25

Oct

2016

PFISTERER/THEnergy study: Mobile solar/wind and storage solutions for reducing diesel consumption in the mining industry

The expert interview-based study shows how solar and wind microgrids meet the power generation requirements of the mineral exploration sector.

Mining or mineral exploration is the mining process of finding ores. Due to the remote locations, power generation for mineral exploration camps is particularly expensive. Typically, power is generated by gensets, and the diesel fuel needs to be transported over long distances by truck or sometimes even by helicopter. The cost of solar and wind energy has declined dramatically over the last decade. Renewable energy could potentially contribute substantial cost savings in comparison to diesel power.

 

The new study “Mobile Solar and Wind Diesel Hybrid Solutions for Mineral Exploration” presents the analysis of the power generation requirements of the mineral exploration sector and identifies fields of application for renewable energy solutions. One of the main challenges consists of dealing with the relatively long lifetime of traditional renewable energy power plants. They are normally laid out for operations of 25 years or more. Mineral exploration camps typically cover only a relatively short part of the mining value chain. Power requirements are still low in comparison to the consequent extraction operations. Often, mineral exploration is performed by specialized exploration companies. Finally, at the exploration stage, there is no guarantee of finding enough mineral deposits to justify setting up a mining infrastructure. All the factors demonstrate that exploration companies have no interest in committing to 25 or more years of electricity supply at specific sites. Exploration companies require semi-portable, flexible solutions that minimize the effort of dismantling them and rebuilding them at a new location.

PFISTERER's Cross Power System
PFISTERER's Cross Power System

PFISTERER has developed a containerized microgrid solution tailored to the needs of the exploration sector. “Exploration companies want power solutions that they can be redeployed easily and that are reliable,” says Martin Schuster, Senior Advisor at PFISTERER. “For military applications, the requirements are similar. Our system has won a very competitive NATO tender and has been already applied successfully for the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence.”

 

An integrated storage component ensures the reliability of the system. It improves the power quality, allowing the shift of energy during periods with insufficient wind or solar irradiation. In the end, that allows the diesel gensets to be completely switched off for longer periods, increasing the share of renewable energy in the system. “The advantages of renewable energy use go well beyond pure cost factors. Exploration companies send a strong signal to the regulator which could be very useful for obtaining mining licenses,” Dr. Thomas Hillig, CEO of the Microgrid Consultancy THEnergy, pointed out. “In some cases, solar and wind energy in the exploration phase might also lay the foundation for renewable energy use in the consequent extraction phase.”

 

The study can be downloaded at http://www.th-energy.net/english/platform-renewable-energy-and-mining/reports-and-white-papers/

0 Comments

TWITTER: THEnergy on Top 100 list for Renewable Energy

Please follow us on TWITTER

Thu

23

Mar

2017

Our customer ABB Germany is looking for a Sales Manager Microgrids m/f

ABB is strategically growing the Microgrid business and creates the position of a Sales Manager Microgrids m/f.

Read More 0 Comments

Wed

22

Mar

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!

Read More 0 Comments

Dr. Thomas Hillig Energy Consulting
Pestalozzistr. 40b
D-80469 München

info @ th-energy.net
Tel.: +49-152-36186442