Category: Eyekandi Solar

22
Jan

Energy storage a fix for renewables

Storage is not vital, but it is useful.

If the energy transition outlook, by DNV GL is correct, then almost three quarters of the electricity demand increase by 2050 will be generated by renewable energy. But with the expected increase in the renewable generation, comes a conflicting scenario: ‘How will power grids deal with the variability and intermittency of sources such as wind and PV?’

Advanced storage technologies might be able to offer good enough solutions, said Paul Gardner, segment director – Storage at DNV GL. “Storage is useful for that but it is not essential,” he said. “And on its own it is probably not sufficient to deal with the issues of high variability of, particularly wind and PV.”

 

Asian Power: Is energy storage

Asian Power:  energy storage a fix for renewables

Where storage technologies excel is in addressing the needs based on how long power needs to be stored. Gardner said ‘flywheels’ are excellent at storing power and delivering a big amount of power in a short amount of time. ‘Flow batteries’ are more suitable for applications that require power over extended periods, while ‘thermal storage’ can address even longer timescales.

Thermal storage, in particular, is a very economical solution for situations when the end use is also heat, said Gardner, and will be attractive to power grids that want to a good reason to build expensive storage facilities. At least until costs come down in the future, as the electrical vehicle market starts to find more efficient ways to produce energy batteries.

“I was in a battery manufacturing plant and it’s really very impressive how automated the manufacturing is,” said Gardner. “About 90% of the batteries that are being manufactured now for long term energy storage are being manufactured for electric vehicles.”

“So it is actually the electric vehicle market that is driving these manufacturing improvements, and those will drive the cost reductions” in energy storage, he added.

But aside from the cost hurdles, regulations are also slowing down adoption of storage technologies and, in effect, hinder the renewables integration. Gardner pointed out that in some countries, there have been “significant” delays in the ability to implement storage because of a lack of a common definition of what storage actually is.

What is storage?

“That sounds silly but, actually, it’s important because, in some countries, they operate through systems of licensees. So there are generator licensees, and network operator licensees, and there are energy supply licensees,” he said.

“In those licensed environments, it is not clear exactly where storage fits. If it can be considered as a generator, then that has different implications than if it is considered as something that a network operator can do. And that is important for storage because the inherent technology provides benefits both to generators and to network operators,” he added.

Factoring in the current high costs and regulatory roadblocks that energy storage still has to overcome, Gardner decided that the issue of renewables integration will likely be best addressed by other solutions. The limitations of storage in this regard is put on display when one considers creating larger-scale energy systems supplied completely by wind and PV in northern latitudes where there is greater seasonality in both renewable resources and energy demand.

“ If you wanted to have a 100% renewable system to supply that, you would end up building capacity that you would only use once in a blue moon – once every ten years in a really unfortunate set of circumstances. Now, you could do it, but it is a bit silly to build something very expensive that you are only going to use one in a decade,” said Gardner.

“There are other solutions and those solutions, typically, are greater electrical interconnection across countries and between countries, and even between continents eventually,” he added, citing efforts by manufacturers to make gas turbines more flexible, and developments in the area of demand site management. “All these options are competing with storage for providing the necessary services to run grids with high penetration available in renewables.”

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19
Jan

Nexif Energy to supply EGAT with 110MW

The energy project could reach the financial close by the first quarter this year.

Nexif Energy has announced that it has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for its 110 megawatt (MW) cogeneration project in Rayong Province, Thailand’s. Nexif was granted the project in June 2017 and is making progress fast, towards achieving financial close by the end of March 2018.

The project is set to provide electricity to the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) under a 25-year power purchase agreement and supply energy to Asian industrial customers. It will be financed by a group of leading investors on a non-recourse basis with Standard Chartered Bank at the forefront of the financing section.

Nexif Energy providing power in Thailand

Nexif Energy providing power in Thailand

Ravi Chandran, Executive Vice President at Nexif Energy, stated, “Our project is well structured, as it is underwritten by a long term PPA with creditworthy off-taker, has long term gas supply contracts with a leading gas supplier and has the ability to supply electricity and steam to industrial customers. We look forward to completing remaining permitting and financing by first quarter 2018.”

The turn key engineering, procurement and construction fixed price  Contract was signed by a group of Korean construction companies consisting of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd (“Doosan”) and SC Engineering Co., Ltd. It includes the supply and build of a General Electric 6FA gas turbine operating in combined cycle with a Doosan DST-G20 steam turbine.

 

16
Jan

Southeast Asia’s solar industry thrives despite market expectations

The solar explosion may be diminishing in some countries, but definitely not in Southeast Asia.

When forecasters noticed slower solar PV installations worldwide in 2017, when developed markets neared saturation, it put investors under loads of stress to determine whether Southeast Asia would be the next fountain of solar growth. Analysts can speculate the potential of this region of approximately 600 million people, especially as governments and developers have started to understand the strict regulations, outdated technology and poor infrastructure that has been diminishing the investment in the Southeast Asian solar projects. But the sheer amount of work to be done puts the region a long way off from reaching a solar renaissance.

“As renewables markets mature, renewables investors are looking to new markets for their next source of growth. Solar PV generation has great potential and has been the most attractive renewable energy source amongst the Southeast Asian nations,” said Eric Ho, director at Renewable Energie Singapore. “Growth prospects are tremendous in Southeast Asia with a combination of fast-growing economies with resulting investment in manufacturing, transportation and energy infrastructure, rapid growth in electricity demand and good solar resource,” he further stated, noting that annual solar radiation levels in the region ranges from 1,460 to 1,900 kWh/m2 per year.

Asian Power: Southeast Asia's solar industry thrives despite market expectations

Asian Power: Southeast Asia’s solar industry thrives despite market expectations

Feed in Tariff to expand and Thailand to be the role model

Feed-in tariff (FiT) schemes have been helpful to the solar PV growth in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, which is by far the largest producer of solar energy in the region as there is strong government support, solar capacity has increased in the past three years, from 1,299MW in 2014, and 2,021MW in 2015, to over 2,800MW in 2016, which is higher than those of all other Southeast Asian countries combined. Thailand is not looking to slow down its solar PV expansion anytime soon. They have a target to have installed 6,000MW by 2036. The country is also becoming a regional role model for Southeast Asian nations that are starting to scale up their programs.

“Because of Thailand’s experience with large solar farms and its promoting policies, it forms a hub for PV testing services and a source for information. Solar energy projects are offered the highest feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidies,” said Ho. “In the past years, several FiT programs for smaller solar energy projects were created with very attractive rates. By giving the highest FiTs to the smallest producers, the government aimed to promote green energy communities and small-scale rooftop programs.”

Investors are also heading over to the Philippines, which, since the launch of the FiT program a few years ago, had no solar industry. The fast pace of Solar expansion in the Philippines, made them one of the the top 10 markets in the world. “The FiT program drove solar PV development in the Philippines into high gear,” Ho noted. “Solar PV is expected to reach 3 GW of utility solar by 2022.”

Dave Maslin, country manager for OWL Energy, believed that the FiT process generated investor interest when it was first shown but it was far from perfect. It was believed that the process had problems with transparency and guidance. “After securing a service contract and Department of Energy (DOE) approval on its commerciality, the project developers were caught in a limbo: It had no obligation to proceed but had the go-signal to begin construction.”

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12
Jan

EGAT says the Market Quota will now end

Energy policymakers are currently planning to end the twenty year quota regime by expanding the state-controlled power generation business to private sector competition, quoted by the Energy Minister himself Mr Siri Jirapongphun.

Thailand will now be removing the special quota from state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). “Thailand needs to increase power supply and allowing the market to set its price will be essential to developing the power generation industry,” he said.
The deregulation of power generation will be applied to both the renewable energy industry as well as the fossil fuels industry.

The power price is currently at an average of 3.6 baht per kilowatt hour.

Egat's Mae Moh power plant in Lampang. Both fossil fuels and renewable energy will be deregulated. JIRAPORN KUHAKAN

EGAT’s Mae Moh power plant in Lampang. Both fossil fuels and renewable energy will be deregulated. JIRAPORN KUHAKAN

By JUNE 2018, policymakers have planned to open an auction under the small power producer programme, which will involve semi-firm power purchase agreements with a total of 269 megawatts.
The move is aimed at advancing the efficiency of the sector, of EGAT, and of other state-owned energy firms like PTT Plc.

Details of the deregulation programme will become finalised in the new national Power Development Plan (PDP), which is currently being revised by the relevant department.  The new PDP, set to be finalised in March 31, will replace the existing PDP, which was drafted in 2014.

The current rules that state that one fifth of the country’s power must come from renewable energy sources by the year 2036 may also undergo major revisions. At present, renewable energy sources in Thailand account for 12% of the country’s power.

Companies from the private sector and EGAT (which recently expressed interest in importing LNG), will now be allowed to enter the business, which previously fell under the monopoly of PTT.

 

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08
Jan

Philippines’ Solar usage ranked 1st in the developing world

This year, the Philippines has been ranked at number No. 1 among the developing countries in Asia in terms of the use of solar PV systems for electricity generation, according to a Dutch consultancy firm.

“The Philippines is still relatively young when it comes to solar development, but was able to get seven active projects ranked in the top 50 list,” Solarplaza research analyst Marco Dorothal said in a report.

PV solar array in the Philippines

PV solar array in the Philippines

He also added that the biggest operational project in the Philippines was currently the 132.5-megawatt Cadiz solar power plant developed by Helios Solar Energy Corp., which was a joint venture between the Thailand-based Soleq Solar Co. and Gregorio Araneta Inc.

Solarplaza also noted that last year in March, the local firm Solar Philippines started erecting a 150-MW solar plant in Tarlac, making it the largest solar power project so far for the country.

Solar Philippines has also opened the country’s first PV module factory!

As of June last year, Solarplaza announced that the Philippines’ solar power installed capacity had reached 900 MW.

Even though the Philippines is going through some policy changes, the government is still supporting solar and the renewable energy sector.

“According to the International Energy Agency, solar power is turning into the cheapest source of new electricity generation capacity in many countries, especially in Asia,” the article provided.

“Solar is forging ahead in global power markets as it becomes the cheapest source of electricity generation in many places, including China and India,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol stated.

The IEA expects that over the next 25 years, the world’s growing energy needs are met first by renewables and natural gas as fast-declining costs turn solar power into the cheapest source of new electricity generation.

Eyekandi-Solar is on the same band-wagon, and assisting Thailand in advancing their solar PV production and renewable energy generation.

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29
Dec

BCPG Renewable Energy and the Blockchain

A SET-listed renewable power arm of oil refiner and retailer Bangchak Corporation Plc (BCP), is employing the blockchain to trade and supply Thailand with electricity, says the president and chief executive of BCPG Bundit Sapianchai.

BCPG recently signed an agreement in Bangkok with Perth-based Power Ledger to bring person-to-person renewable energy trading to Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Mr Bundit and Mr Martin signed an agreement with Power Ledger to jointly develop solar power and micro grid systems.

Mr Bundit and Mr Martin signed an agreement with Power Ledger to jointly develop solar power and micro grid systems.

Mr Bundit said BCPG plans to set up the first micro-grid in Bangkok, which will be the first in Southeast Asia to be used by the leading property developer, Sansiri Plc, for its T77 project.

The T77 project will span 80 rai. The first project with a distributed power grid is expected to start operations by mid-2018.

“The Power Ledger energy-trading platform allows building managers to trade renewable energy from solar panels installed at each building with autonomous financial settlement enabled via the use of a secure banking interface,” said Mr Bundit.

If you’re interested in Blockchain technology and how the renewable energy industry is moving forward with it, clock here to read the full article on the Bangkok Post website.
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21
Dec

Schneider Electric to go 100% renewable by 2030

Eyekandi-Solar supports Schneider Electric in the decision to become 100% renewable by 2030.

“The French energy management and automation company plans to use on-site projects, contracted off-site projects and clean energy credits to meet its new 100% goal.”

As there is an increase in the movement towards powering the world with renewable energy, it’s incredible that large corporations are now spearheading this movement.

The French energy management and automation company Schneider Electric announced recently that it would join the ranks of the tech giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon, and strive to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy by 2030.

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Schneider Electric already has rooftop solar in place at facilities in India, Thailand and its headquarters in France. However, the company notes that even as it plans to add more rooftop PV, this will only meet a portion of its total demand.

“Schneider Electric strives to answer the world’s new energy challenge by boosting energy efficiency everywhere: in homes, buildings and cities, industry, the grid, and throughout remote communities,” reads a press statement by the company. “In a world more decarbonized, more digitized, and more decentralized, energy use needs to be more productive.”

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19
Dec

Toshiba lands 6-MW solar panel deal in Thailand

Toshiba Corp

Toshiba has a very impressive record of success in the renewable energy sector, supplying diverse technologies in the fields of system connections and system stabilisation.
Based on this vast experience and trust in the industry, Toshiba photovoltaic systems are now available worldwide.
Toshiba is contributing to society by creating a prosperous tomorrow through next-generation green energy. They recently unveiled a contract to deliver 6 MW of solar panels in Thailand, saying this is its biggest order of its kind in the Asian region.

The deal, the value of which was not disclosed, was awarded by Thailand-based Eight Solar Co Ltd to Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp.

The equipment will be used in rooftop projects involving six stores within the Home Pro home improvement chain, in line with its plans to lower its dependence on conventional power supply and reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Toshiba Corp Solar Project in Thailand

Toshiba Corp Solar Project in Thailand

Toshiba and Home Pro

So far, the following Home Pro stores have Solar Rooftop PV Panels installed: Suratthani, Chumphon, Khaoyai, Lopburi, Phrae, Ratchaphruek, Akekamai-Ramintra.

Toshiba noted that it will support Thailand in its efforts to “realise a low carbon society and stable power supply.” The country, which is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, aims to increase the share of solar power to 25% by 2021.

Like Toshiba, Eyekandi-Solar is motivated to assist in the reduction of fossil fuels, by installing PV panels, and Solar arrays where needed.

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14
Dec

Wind, Solar and Renewable projects on the Climb in Thailand

A recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Thai ministry of energy found that renewable energy could account for 37% of the country’s electricity by 2036.

Currently, around 18% of Thailand’s power is generated from renewable sources. The bulk is generated from fossil fuel products, with natural gas, condensate and crude oil, and coal accounting for 67% of total energy production.

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2017 has been a positive year for renewable energy throughout the Asia Pacific, with the price and cost of power declining throughout the region.  This is due to the decline in tariffs and the price of generating equipment.

By the year 2040, there will be US$10.2 trillion invested in new power generation capacity worldwide, of which US$4.8 trillion will be in Asia.  In Asia, one-third of this investment will be in wind power, one-third in solar, with 18% going to nuclear and 10% to coal and gas.

This is incredible feedback. Eyekandi-Solar has now jumped on board in order to supply the best solar installation service to the Thai region.

 

11
Dec

Enerray to build one of the biggest roof-top PV systems in Thailand

Enerray is a solar power company, leader in the design, construction and management of medium and large photovoltaic systems, both for third-party systems and proprietary systems.

Enerray UAC Thailand

Surat Thani roof top array by Enerray UAC Thailand

Surat Thani roof top array by Enerray UAC Thailand

Enerray-UAC Thailand (UAC.SET) will be building one of the largest roof-top photovoltaic systems in Thailand, with a total capacity of 2.5 MWp, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 1,400 Thai households and avoiding the emission of around 1,800 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, providing an estimated annual output of 3,500,000 kWh of clean energy.

Enerray UAC Thailand has already built and connected different roof-top photovoltaic systems, therefore contributing to the development and expansion of renewable energy in the country.

Enerray UAC was established last year as a joint venture between Enerray S.p.A.,the Italian company,  a subsidiary of the Maccaferri Industrial Group, and UAC Global Public Company Limited, a Thai listed company. The purpose of this subsidiary is to apply the outstanding technologies services and procedures to the Asian market.

Read further to find out about the expanding Solar industry in Thailand by Enerray and how Eyekandi-Solar is assisting in the process.