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

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

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

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Millennial Lithium’s exploration project in Argentina adds solar

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


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ADB launches PV-plus-storage plant on Philippine island

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


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Solar at Four Seasons Resort Maldives will replace diesel consumption

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


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ABB and Rolls-Royce announce global microgrids cooperation

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

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

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Dr. Thomas Hillig is founder of THEnergy. THEnergy assists companies in dealing with energy-related challenges. Renewable energy companies are offered strategy, marketing and sales consulting services. For industrial companies, THEnergy develops energy concepts and shows how they can become more sustainable. It combines experience from conventional and renewable energy with industry knowledge in consulting. In addition to business consulting, THEnergy advises investors regarding renewable energy investments in changing markets. It is also active in marketing intelligence and as an information provider in select fields, such as renewables and mining, through the platform or renewables on islands through the new platform

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Hillig founded THEnergy in 2013. THEnergy is a specialized business consultancy that focuses on innovation in the energy sector, such as microgrids, solar-diesel hybrid, energy storage and hydrogen. THEnergy has developed sophisticated tools to support its clients in product launches and growth strategies. During the last six years, THEnergy has consulted leading multinational utilities, oil and gas companies, and start-ups regarding energy strategy, due diligence, market intelligence, and communication. THEnergy combines Hillig’s previous experiences working at Alstom Power in conventional energy generation and at Innotech Solar. At the beginning of his career, Hillig consulted leading companies from the transport, telecommunication and construction sectors.

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