Dubai: SMA Middle East Receives Award for the Best PV-Diesel Hybrid Project of the Year

From on April 2, 2015 in Category Hybrid Energy System with 4 Comments
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SMA Middle East has won the Middle East Electricity Award 2015 for the best “Solar project of the year.” The project is a PV-diesel hybrid system with almost 200 kW of solar energy. It was installed in April 2014 on the roof of the plastic factory Advanced Plastic Industries (API) in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.

Jörg Delbos, Head of Global Sales Hybrid (left), accepted the award together with Joseph Sadaka (right), General Manager of the Lebanese company Elements Sun & Wind and EPC, at the Middle East Electricity trade fair from March 2 to 4, 2015 in the Dubai World Trade Center. We spoke to him and his colleagues Oussama Chehab, Vice President Sales Emerging Markets; Rouven Lenhart, Senior Sales Manager Hybrid Sales; and Ahmad Rahme, Sales Manager MENA, about the system in Lebanon, the trade fair in Dubai and market potential for PV-diesel hybrid systems in the MENA countries.

 

Award-winning PV-diesel hybrid project: 200 kW of installed solar energy on the roof of the plastic factory Advanced Plastic Industries (API) in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, to complement 3 x 750 kVA of diesel generator power.

Award-winning PV-diesel hybrid project: 200 kW of installed solar energy on the roof of the plastic factory Advanced Plastic Industries (API) in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, to complement 3 x 750 kVA of diesel generator power.

What makes the system in Zouk Mosbeh worthy of an award?

Ahmad Rahme: “In Lebanon, the economy is currently growing extremely strongly. Expansion of the electricity grid is not keeping up with this. This makes electricity expensive and the supply unstable. This results in high consumption of kerosene, liquid gas and diesel oil. This is not in keeping with the country’s goals of greater commitment to climate protection.

Jörg Delbos: Our SMA Fuel Save Solution offers the plastic factory a reliable electricity supply that also counteracts rising electricity costs. The customer is already saving around 70,000 liters of diesel fuel a year now. The company would now like to make further use of the saving potential and is planning on adding two further PV systems, each with around 200 kWp, to the system. The factory’s decentralized energy production also supports the unstable utility grid. We are therefore very proud to receive the award in a region that is so important for us.

 

The Middle East Electricity trade fair describes itself as the world’s largest event for power generation. How seriously are the representatives of the renewable energy industry taken here?

Jörg Delbos: Renewable energies are taken very seriously at the MEE. This is made clear by the fact that the first day at the conference accompanying the event was devoted to green energies in general and the second day to solar energy in particular. Compared to my visits from previous years, what I noticed in particular is that the solar hall was filled much better this year, with around 80 exhibitors compared to 25 last year.

Rewarded for good work: our colleagues Rouven Lenhart, Senior Sales Manager Hybrid Sales; Stefan Tait, Senior Sales Manager Hybrid Sales; Oussama Chehab, Vice President Sales Emerging Markets; Jörg Delbos, Head of Global Sales Hybrid; and Rabih Baroud, Regional Manager Sales EMEA, (from left to right) present the award for the best “Solar project of the year” at the SMA booth at the Middle East Electricity trade fair in Dubai.

Rewarded for good work: our colleagues Rouven Lenhart, Senior Sales Manager Hybrid Sales; Stefan Tait, Senior Sales Manager Hybrid Sales; Oussama Chehab, Vice President Sales Emerging Markets; Jörg Delbos, Head of Global Sales Hybrid; and Rabih Baroud, Regional Manager Sales EMEA, (from left to right) present the award for the best “Solar project of the year” at the SMA booth at the Middle East Electricity trade fair in Dubai.

Rouven Lenhart: We had discussions with many people and generated a great deal of new contacts. Many of these focused on concrete project inquiries. I conducted most of the discussions with system integrators for diesel generator fuel stations and generator control unit manufacturers as well as rental power companies and IPPs. IPP means independent power producer. This shows that SMA has become an important provider in the field of PV-diesel hybrid. Naturally, our 20 years and more of experience in the off-grid field, combined with the necessary understanding of the systems and inverters count here as well. Therefore a further highlight was the cooperation agreement for sales activities with Deif, one of the big players in the manufacture of generator control units. A common hardware solution ASCPM is also ready for the market and is already integrated into the first field test systems.

 

Where is the greatest potential for PV-diesel hybrid systems?

Oussama Chehab: There is great potential for PV-diesel hybrid systems in the entire MENA – Middle East & North Africa – region. Even the oil-producing countries are tending more and more to save on diesel and have discovered the sun’s potential in helping them do so. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in particular are currently trying to install more hybrid systems. Africa is also a very large market for our applications. We naturally want to play a major role here.

 

Ahmad, Jörg, Oussama and Rouven, many thanks for the interview.

All winners of the Middle East Electricity Award 2015.

All winners of the Middle East Electricity Award 2015.

 

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  • avatar

    Alexander Kama Tomba

    January 19, 2017 at 03:17

    Hi Annika,

    We have an island centre currently powered by Diesel and is very costly. We propose to incorporate solar with battery bank to carry the average load while genset can come online for during peak hour loads.
    We have 2x 80kW gensets currently running and propose for a 50kW solar system.

    I am very interested in your products and hoping to touch base with your staff for assistance.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Alexander Tomba
    Papua New Guinea
    Email: atomba@pngpower.com.pg

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      Christian Höhle

      January 20, 2017 at 12:08

      Hi Alexander,

      as the generation and load is quite small, we would suggest a Sunny Island based system. A comparable system is presented in this article:
      Solar Energy Changes People`s Life on Kutubdia Island

      To meet the demands in your grid, multiple battery inverters would feed your grid and control the use of the backup generators.
      You can get an impression on how such a system looks like electrically in this article:
      Generator Settings on the Sunny Island for Off-Grid Systems

      If you are interested in a detailed design of such a system, please send a short mail to FuelSaveSolution@sma.de – we will then provide you with a questionaire to gather all required data. Then we would come up with concrete suggestion which components are needed.
      Looking forward to hear from you!

      Sunny regards,
      Christian

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    Jamal AlGhawi

    October 19, 2016 at 18:14

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are in process to propose Solar Energy Project for domestic use in Kingdom of Bahrain; therefore, we would appreciate you to present your product in Bahrain; Please advise how we can proceed with this as early as possible.

    Thanking you in advance

    Jamal AlGhawi
    Kingdom of Bahrain
    +973- 39682833

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      Annika Linke

      October 21, 2016 at 12:23

      Hi Jamal,
      It sounds pretty interesting. I forwarded your request to my colleagues who are in charge of sales in Middle East. They will get in touch with you.
      Kind regards, Annika

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