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5 Reasons to choose SMAs Fuel Save Solution

Fuel Save Controller (left) and Data Acquisition Module (right)

Putting solar power into diesel based grids is easy but maximizing the share of solar is a real challenge. To save on diesel consumption, diesel has to be substituted by other energy sources. Solar energy is a cheap energy source but without intelligent system control it is hard to reach high solar shares in diesel grids. Uncontrolled solar energy feeding into a diesel grid can, even with a small share of solar, lower the diesel workload to a disadvantageous level in solar peak times causing inefficient operation of the diesel gensets, more frequent maintenance cycles and damage to the equipment. If too much solar generation capacity is installed, even reverse power into the generator is possible, which can cause a blackout in the best case scenario and equipment destruction in the worst case.

This article shows how the SMA Fuel Save Controller 2.0 (FSC-20) facilitates high solar shares in diesel based micro-grids and thereby saves diesel as well as money in a smart, flexible, safe and easy way with SMA supporting you whenever you need it.

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Flagship Project in the Caribbean:
PV Hybrid System on the Island of St. Eustatius

The setting: An island with 4,000 inhabitants and three diesel generators to supply power. The mission: Reduce fossil fuel usage and establish a grid stabilizing energy supply based on renewable energies. The challenge: Supply a smart combination of a 2 MWp PV farm and diesel generators; introduce the largest lithium battery storage system in the Caribbean; use the latest SMA products; and develop a new monitoring platform—within the space of just nine months.

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Bula! [“Ciao” in lingua delle Fiji]

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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.

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Sustainable flower farm: SMA Fuel Save Controller helps reducing fuel consumption in Kenya

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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.

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Mission (Im)possible? Solar Power for Everyone

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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.

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

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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.

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Unique Testing Center for Hybrid Energy Supply Systems in Operation

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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.

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A Word in Spanish: New webinar Industrial Hybrid Energy Systems in English and Spanish

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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.

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Photovoltaic Diesel Hybrid System in Bolivia Supplies Energy to Remote Region

Worlds largest PV Diesel Hybrid System in Cobija Bolivia

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.

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Electrifying Off-grid area in Bangladesh with Green Energy and Smart Technology

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Electricity for all by 2021″ with this vision in mind the government of Bangladesh has taken many initiatives to ensure electricity for all the people of Bangladesh by 2021, the Golden Jubilee of it’s Independence. Electrifying every individual households in this country is not technically and financially feasible by extending the national grid. Government has initiated the Solar Home System (SHS) based rural electrification program in 2003 through Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) to provide electricity to the off grid areas of Bangladesh. So far the program has installed more than 3.6 million SHS all over the country, The program has become the most successful SHS based rural electrification program in the world. Around 11.5% of the total population of the country are getting benefits from the program.

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World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid plant begins construction in Bolivia

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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.

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How to integrate solar systems into diesel genset networks

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We have already introduced the SMA solution for solar diesel hybrid systems. Its central component is the Fuel Save Controller. To learn more what this does, how it works in a PV diesel hybrid system and what makes it so special, I turned to Product Manager Johannes Weide.

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