Monthly Archives: enero 2016

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NV Vogt Philippines Solar Energy One, Inc. inaugurated the Surallah solar power plant in Mindanao/Philippines last Saturday. The plant with a capacity of 6.23 MWp was commissioned in November 2015 and is the largest one operating in Mindanao to date. The project was developed by nv vogt and its joint venture partner ib vogt GmbH, based in Berlin/Germany. ib vogt GmbH was the off-shore EPC contractor, working together with its local partner ADV Builders as the on-shore EPC. The funding for the construction was provided by Armstrong Asset Management (AAM).

Covering an area of about 8 hectares, the 23,520 installed modules will generate over 9.5 GWh per annum – or sufficient electricity to power the monthly needs of 8,740 households*1. Lifetime carbon dioxide (CO2) savings generated by the plant compared to fossil fuel generation alternatives are calculated to be around 180 million tonnes*2.

The project development and permitting has been an extensive process. Construction of the plant was rapid – taking less than 2 months from when the first posts were rammed until the last module was installed, due the excellent infrastructure and cooperation of all project participants.

nv vogt is developing and constructing several projects in the Philippines and Southeast Asia together with its joint venture partner ib vogt. At the moment, solar power plants with a capacity of around 16 MWp are under construction, while a pipeline of 150 MWp is also under development. Vivek Chaudhri, Director of Philippines operations, said “with the building of the Surallah plant, we have now demonstrated our ability to produce a world class solar production facility locally. We are committed to further development and to being a significant player in the local solar market. We are focused on Mindanao and will come up with a specific plan for that part of the country.”

Armstrong and nv vogt are continuing their efforts to develop more solar projects in the county and are currently working together to complete an additional 45 MW of solar projects in the Philippines. While the Surallah project marks the milestone of many firsts today, it is only a collective first step towards a cleaner, greener future in the Philippines.


*1 Based on the average household consumption of 90.54 kWh / November 2015 in Surallah, South Cotabato, Philippines,

*2 Based on the average production of 0.76 kg CO2 emissions per kWh from electricity generation by diesel fuel, 161.386 pounds of CO2 emissions per million British thermal units (Btu) by diesel fuel, considering a heat rate of 10,334 Btu per kWh

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Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has commissioned 14 ofits two-megawatt (MW) turbines for a second wind farm around the city of Nowy Staw, which is located about 50 kilometres south-east of Gdańsk. Both wind farms are operated by RWE Innogy and with 36 turbines in total, they form the biggest Senvion wind project in Poland to date. With its 22 Senvion MM92 turbines erected in 2013 and the newly installed 14 Senvion MM100 turbines, the wind farm with a total rated power output of 73.1 MW will produce enough green electricity to supply an equivalent of more than 92,250 average Polish households (2.000 kW/h per household ).

After having signed the contract for the 14 Senvion MM100 turbines with RWE Innogy at the beginning of 2015, the erection of the Senvion turbines started in August 2015. Two installation teams with two crane lines installed the turbines with a hub height of 100 meters and finished assembly at the end of September. At October 16th, all turbines were operational and in December the permit of use was handed over. The wind farm feeds electricity into the grid via an onsite substation. The substation is connected to an RWE HV-Line leading to the nearby city of Malbork, where it is connected to the distribution grid of the local utility. With an accumulated swept rotor area of 109,956 m2 the 14 Senvion MM100 turbines capture wind energy efficiently, making them an ideal supplement to the Senvion MM92 turbines in Nowy Staw. The Senvion MM100 is a reliable turbine even at low-wind sites in Poland.

Hendrik Böschen, Managing Director of Senvion Polska, said: “The commissioning of the  second project in Nowy Staw demonstrates once again their ideal suitability for Polish wind conditions. The Nowy Staw wind farm will make an important contribution to the country’s wind energy efficiency and represents again the strong partnership between RWE Innogy and Senvion.”

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Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has been contracted to supply 52 MW to ScottishPower Renewables, Iberdrola’s UK subsidiary, for two developments: expansion of the Hare Hill facility (capacity: 30 MW) and the Glen App wind farm (22 MW).

Under the terms of the first of the agreements signed with the Scottish utility1, Gamesa will install and commission 35 G52-850 kW turbines, with heights ranging between 44 and 65 metres, for expansion of the Hare Hill wind farm, a development located close to the Scottish town of New Cumnock. The turbines will be delivered and the facility commissioned during the second half of this year.

This project’s special conditions, specifically height restrictions, make the G52-850 kW turbine, a product now only made on demand in ad-hoc situations, ideally suited. This order showcases the company’s competitiveness and flexibility by evidencing its ability to adapt to its customers’ needs and the unique requirements of each site.

The second order, meanwhile, contemplates the installation of 11 G90-2.0 MW turbines (22 MW) at the Glen App development being built close to the town of Cairnryan, in eastern Scotland. These turbines will be delivered during the third quarter of this year and the wind farm will be commissioned in January 2017.

The company has received orders from ScottishPower Renewables for over 600 MW to date, notable among which the order placed for the Kilgallioch wind farm, which will be fitted with 94 G114-2.5 MW and two G90-2.0 MW turbines. Gamesa has been present in the UK, where it has installed and maintains over 460 MW, since 2005.

The CEPPI project website has been launched to showcase the sustainable energy solutions lead by the five participating cities – Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló and Valencia (Spain), and Wrocław (Poland) – and supported by the 4 expert partners. By using a pro-innovation procurement approach, the cities aim to achieve energy savings of 33GWh per year.

This 3-year project pursues to build capacity related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and sustainable public procurement (SPP) in cities. Public procurement has the power to foster innovation and shape it to meet the needs and challenges of public services.

The five cities involved in the project will intervene in scheduled public tenders to achieve a more sustainable energy outcome through PPI.

Public authorities have started identifying the possible areas of intervention and related information has been published in the CEPPI website. Birmingham City Council announced its interest in procurements related to its waste strategy, and refrigeration units for markets; Budapest is exploring the implementation of PPI practices in tenders to retrofit the City Hall; Valencia is looking at city lighting, fountain systems and sports centres; and Wrocław is considering a focus on street lighting modernisation. Castelló is currently assessing opportunities. CEPPI cities aspire to adopt a leadership role in their regions.

Visitors to the CEPPI website can learn more about the five cities’ sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions, and about their sustainable development projects. Within the project, the CEPPI partners will produce reports, guides and other tools of interest for public authorities implementing SPP and PPI practices, and all public documents will be available from the website. Those who want to keep updated about the CEPPI project can subscribe to its newsletter through the online form.

The CEPPI project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project is coordinated by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Budapest City Council, the Municipality of Castelló, InnDEAValencia, EIT+, JERA Consulting, Optimat, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum EGS, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

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Solar energy company PROINSO has announced it will open seven offices across Central America.

PROINSO will open offices in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

The expansion into Central America will increase PROINSO’s presence to 26 offices worldwide and bolster its team by over 50 members local to the region.

Pablo Gonzalez, Regional Head for PROINSO USA, commented, “We are delighted to be extending PROINSO’s operations into Central America. We believe our new colleagues have the local knowledge and skills to help us flourish within this market.”

Fraterno Vila, Head for PROINSO’s team in the region, added, “Our team of engineers have a proven track record for delivering over 140 MW of solar projects in Central America. Clients will benefit from PROINSO’s world-class assessment in equipment selection and strong relationship with manufacturers.”

In May 2015, PROINSO supplied 3MW of SMA Sunny Tri Power 24kW Inverters to a rooftop project in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. To date, this is Latin America’s largest PV rooftop project.

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, has been awarded a major contract by Bombardier to supply the onboard battery systems for 61 FLEXITY trams under construction for Basel, Switzerland’s third most populous city. The Saft MSX nickel-based battery systems will provide emergency onboard backup power capable of driving the tram for short periods when the external power supply from the catenary is interrupted.

The contract for the new Basel tram fleet is a very significant development for Saft in Europe’s light rail sector which is currently growing at around 15 percent year on year.

Bombardier has developed the FLEXITY tram design to set new standards in urban mobility with a combination of 100 percent low-floor technology for ease of passenger access and conventional wheel-set bogies that ensure a perfectly smooth ride and low-noise operation. In 2012, Bombardier Transportation signed a contract for the delivery of up to 61 FLEXITY trams with the City of Basel’s Transport Authority (BVB). At €184 million, it is the biggest order placed by the BVB in its 116-year history. The new trams are being manufactured in Bautzen, Germany and in Vienna, Austria and will eventually replace the 101 Basel trams currently in service.

Each FLEXITY tram is being fitted with two 24 V Saft MSX battery systems sized to provide emergency short-term backup power for the traction systems. They will ensure that if the main overhead catenary supply is interrupted the vehicle will be able to continue to travel on to a section where power is available. The onboard batteries will also enable the tram to be driven for short distances in areas where there is no catenary, such as in the depot.

Hans Rudolf Feuz, Vice President Sales Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said: “The Basel tram network, with its high frequency operation and large daily ridership is a particularly demanding tram network and the onboard battery systems play a critical role in ensuring the total continuity of passenger services. The Saft MSX batteries offer a compact, lightweight and powerful design that fits perfectly with our FLEXITY concept that emphasises energy efficiency, economy and ecology.”

The Saft battery systems for the Basel metro trains each comprise “19 MSX200” batteries. MSX is a specialised rail battery that delivers high power performance combined with high cycling capability over a very wide temperature range of – 30˚C to + 50˚C. MSX provides a compact lightweight package that enables train operators to optimise the size of their onboard battery system.

In 2013, Saft delivered 4 battery systems for the first two Basel FLEXITY trams that are now in test operation. Delivery of battery systems for the remaining 59 trams started in 2015 and will be completed in 2017.

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Bad Staffelstein, January 20, 2016 – IBC SOLAR AG, one of the world’s leading photovoltaic (PV) system service providers, is giving farmers the opportunity to switch to a non-toxic, low-cost and reliable water supply: expensive and high-maintenance diesel generators can now be replaced with a PV system linked to the IBC PumpController. This system can be connected via a Siemens frequency converter to existing water pumps. Existing irrigation systems can therefore easily be converted to use a significantly more efficient and lower-cost power supply.

Both the existing pumps and the entire irrigation infrastructure are conserved during the conversion, and only the diesel generator is replaced by a PV system. The IBC PumpController system solution combined with a PV system is structured around concepts of standardisation, modularisation and the global quality promise of IBC SOLAR.

Only standard components are used by IBC SOLAR as they are easy to maintain and replace. The Sinamics S120 frequency converter including Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) from Siemens installed in the IBC PumpController ensures that the maximum output can be taken from the photovoltaic generator.

 Replacing expensive diesel with reliable solar power

The benefits of the solar system solution will be immediately noticeable to farmers who are converting to a solar power supply. Diesel fuel is expensive to purchase and poses risks during transportation and storage. Diesel is also not cost effective as a fuel source because the cost of importing is supported by government subsidies in many countries. Solar energy, on the other hand, is a reliable and low-cost form of power supply in the agricultural sector, especially in areas where demand for water is high.

Furthermore, energy supply and water demand fit together perfectly. Water is typically in need after sunny PumpController-Namibia_bajadays, thus right after water tanks have been filled with the aid of solar power. Once installed, the PV system also only incur minimal maintenance costs.

 Pilot plants with cost recovery within 3 years

A pilot plant on a farm in Namibia has been showing the practical functions of the system solution since June 2015. An IBC SOLAR PV system with a maximum output of 17.7 kWp and an IBC PumpController has permanently replaced an 11 kVA diesel generator. This conversion has made possible the environmentally-friendly and, above all, reliable drip irrigation of arable land, while saving 30 litres of diesel per day. “The investment in the solar-powered pump solution will pay off within 3 years,” explains Dieter Miener, Technical Applications Engineer at IBC SOLAR.

IBC SOLAR will include 10 performance classes ranging between 3 and 90 kW in its portfolio. Due to the positive experiences gained in Namibia and further countries, IBC SOLAR is now offering the system solution in the target markets of Africa and Latin America through its Premium Partners. In addition to its use in agricultural fields, the solution can also be implemented in the fish farming, wastewater treatment or tourism sectors.

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    Battery cost reductions, government funding programs and utility tenders led to a 45 percent increase in the global energy storage pipeline in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the previous quarter. According to IHS the global pipeline of planned battery and flywheel projects had reached 1.6 GW in Q4 2015.

    According to IHS Technology the global energy storage market recorded an increase of nearly 400 MW in the global pipeline during the final quarter of 2015. Suppliers and developers around the world are preparing for a record year in 2016, with significant growth projected in a wide range of regions and market segments.

    Several large-scale projects were announced at the end of 2015, signaling that the storage industry is shifting from research-and-development demonstration projects to commercially viable projects. These projects include a 90 MW order by major power producer STEAG from LG Chem, to compete in the primary reserve market in Germany, and 75 MW of contracts awarded by PG&E to a diverse mix of companies using various established and emerging technologies.

    The IHS Technology Energy Storage Project and Company Database currently tracks approximately 900 MW of global grid-connected battery projects that are expected to be commissioned in 2016, supporting a predicted doubling in the global installed base for grid-connected energy storage in 2016. Planned storage installations in the United States will make up nearly half (45 percent) of planned installations, followed by Japan at 20 percent.

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    Solarpack, a multinational Spanish company that develops, constructs and operates photovoltaic solar plants globally has been selected to build six photovoltaic solar plants with a total power of 100 MW DC in the Indian state of Telangana. Solarpack is in a partnership with Think Energy Partners, a USA based entity that develops, finances and constructs photovoltaic solar plants in India, The state distribution company, TSSPDCL  will acquire all the generated electricity through a long term power purchase agreement (PPA) for a period of 25 years. This is the first contract that is awarded to Solarpack in India, which was the only Spanish company among the winners of this bid. These plants are expected to generate around 160 GWh annually; thus catering to the huge energy requirements of the country.

    To achieve the total power awarded, the Consortium will build six plants for a total of 100 MW DC, that will be located in the districts of Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nizamabad in the Indian State of Telangana. The construction will begin during the first half of 2016 and the plants are expected to be in operation at the end of January, 2017.

    This contract entails, according to Pablo Burgos, CEO of Solarpack, “the entry into a market as important as India´s and demonstrates our experience and growing international presence that permits us to be competitive in the most relevant markets. In addition, we count on the support of Think Energy Partners that is already widely established in the country, to respond to any challenges that may be encountered”. Mr. Burgos also guarantees that “the drive of Solarpack is to bet for company growth and the development of solar energy projects in regions with high development potential”.

    Mr. Ravishankar Tumuluri, Managing Partner of Think Energy Partners, said that “This is just the beginning and we will continue to work toward bringing more and more experience and solar business into India; thereby catering to India’s increasing energy demand. Our vision is to become one of the leading solar power developers in India over the next 3-5 years. We will leverage our global presence and local expertise to provide a reliable platform for our partners”.

    Solarpack has commissioned 35 MWp in five sites in Spain, 37 MWp in three solar plants in Chile and 62 MWp in another three plants in Peru.