Quando si parla delle isole Fiji si pensa subito alle meravigliose spiagge di palme e alle acque cristalline in cui fare immersioni. Noi abbiamo pensato anche all’energia: energia che ha contribuito a garantire un approvvigionamento elettrico più rispettoso dell’ambiente. Finora la produzione di elettricità nelle tre isole Kadavu, Lakeba e Rotuma, che si trovano ad una certa distanza dall’isola principale, era affidata unicamente a generatori diesel. Ora, con l’aiuto del nuovo SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0, viene immessa anche energia fotovoltaica nella rete elettrica. Ciò garantisce una maggiore sostenibilità per le isole dell’arcipelago.
When you think of Fiji, you first think of vacation, wonderful beaches with palms and crystal clear water with perfect spots for scuba diving. We also thought of energy: Energy that could help build a more ecological electrical power supply. The existing power supply on the three separate islands of Kadavu, Lakeda and Rotuma around the Fijian mainland had been fully based on diesel generators. Now the SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0 is helping to integrate solar energy into the power grid. That guarantees more sustainability on these islands.
Karen Roses Ltd is a family owned business operating six flower farms in Kenya. One of its farms, situated at Eldama Ravine in the Rift Valley, is at an altitude of 2000 meters, is now equipped with a 150 kWp PV system. During the day, the energy demand of the facility is almost entirely fulfilled by the solar power generated. When the national grid is working, the PV plant operates in parallel to significantly reduce the cost of imported energy.
How does it feel to live without electricity? This is something that Souleymane Niang can still remember all too well. Growing up in a village in Senegal, up to the age of 12 he did his homework by the light of a sooty petroleum lamp. Today, an industrial engineer, he is developing the market for PV-diesel hybrid systems in the Earth’s Sunbelt region for SMA — and is playing an instrumental role in ensuring that nobody living in developing and newly industrialized countries will ever have to live without electricity again.
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.
Solar energy combined with battery and diesel generators ensures that everyday electricity demand and the needs of industrial loads can be met in off-grid regions. The first Testing Center in the world has now been set up in Germany.We spoke with Jakob Issleib about what is being done there and why it is so important.
A German Solar Academy trainer holding a presentation in Spanish for installers that are tuned in from Chile, Peru and other places around the world? Welcome to the Global Solar Academy! César Villalta, Solar Academy trainer in Germany (in the middle), holds our new webinar on Industrial Hybrid Energy Systems, both in English and in his mother language Spanish.
The Pando region in the north of Bolivia is extremely remote and sparsely populated. Since a utility grid here is out of the question, the region is supplied with power from a diesel power plant. Until December 2014, just 65 percent of the population had access to electricity. Thanks to a photovoltaic diesel hybrid power plant located in Pando’s capital, Cobija, the region is now on course to having its own sustainable energy supply by eliminating its dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its electrification rate to 80 percent. By expanding its power plant to include solar energy, the local electric utility company will save around 1.9 million liters of diesel fuel each year.
The world’s largest PV-diesel hybrid power plant with a battery storage system is currently being built in the Bolivian province of Pando. SMA has been not only selected to supply the PV inverters for this project, but also SMA’s Fuel Save Controller, which recently won the Intersolar Award in the PV category. SMA was also selected to provide four newly-developed inverters for large-scale battery storage systems using lithium-ion technology.
If you are attending Clean Energy Week in Sydney this week, here is a sneak preview on what you can expect from SMA Australia. At the exhibition, held at Sydney Showground, we will focus on our innovative storage solutions, which offer private households and commercial operations greater independence in their use of energy. Our Sales teams will be available to explain our range of solutions and our Service team will be on hand to answer technical questions.
In addition to apes and dolphins, since June you will now find something at the Athens Zoo you would not normally expect to see there—a diesel generator combined with a PV system. This PV diesel hybrid system is a joint project whose goal is to create a virtual stand-alone grid. For the research group smartRUE at the Technical University of Athens, this stand-alone grid serves as a demo and training project while also helping the zoo to reduce expensive energy costs.