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Energize Hybrid renewable energy grid-tied hub on the cards
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Hybrid renewable energy grid-tied hub on the cards

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Juwi Renewable Energy is set to build a hybrid energy project consisting of a renewable energy hub which will include a 4 MW solar farm combined with two 4,5 MW wind turbines integrated with a Li-ion battery-based energy storage system and gas generators.

This complex hybrid generation solution will be built for the town of Esperance in south eastern Western Australia. The project, which will be owned and operated by Contract Power, is expected to supply up to half of the town’s electrical power requirements and will operational in early 2022.

The company says that hybrid power solutions offer the potential to significantly reducing fossil fuel generation in pristine environments whilst maintaining reliability at competitive costs. The generated electricity will be distributed by Horizon Power, which is owned by the West Australian Government and supplies electricity to communities across regional Western Australia.

The construction and development of hybrid power plants for off-grid customers such as mines is an important pillar of Juwi’s Australian business strategy. These projects intelligently integrate solar, wind and battery power with existing electricity grids using a microgrid control system, developed by the company, and called Juwi Hybrid IQ.
The Esperance project will be Juwi’s fourth hybrid project in Australia. The company has constructed hybrid renewable energy solutions for three other Australian customers to date: the Degrussa Gold and Copper Mine, the Agnew mine and a research centre on Heron Island.

The firm has advanced to become the leading German company on the list of the most successful solar project developers. The top positions are primarily occupied by US, Chinese and Indian companies due to the size of their domestic markets and the locally characterised project development. The company seeks to focus on opportunities in Australia, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the US. The project pipeline is expanding in all these markets. Furthermore, the company is continuously assessing the entry into further growth markets.

The firm has already achieved remarkable success in all named markets, with an overall capacity of more than 2700 MW in more than 25 countries. A further focus of the company is in the construction of hybrid power plants for off-grid industries, for example for mines. In such projects solar power plants are complemented with storage units.

Contact Juwi Renewable Energies, Tel 021 831-6100, info@juwi.co.za

 

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