Tag: solar

05
Apr

Floating Solar Farm in Rayong and China

A giant pond inside SCG Chemicals’ plant at Rayong’s Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate was originally developed to deal with a water shortage crisis that tarnished their production about 10 years ago. The 20-rai pond (3.2 hectares), equivalent to about 10 football fields, has become an experimental site and the country’s first floating solar farm.
For visitors and viewers like us, it looks like a floating mirror in a dam. Almost half of it has been covered with about 3,400 photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s energy into power. These cells stand on a special pontoon the company specifically built.

A floating solar farm is shown at a pond at SCG Chemicals plant in Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate. (Photo courtesy SCG Chemicals)

A floating solar farm is shown at a pond at SCG Chemicals plant in Rayong’s Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate. (Photo courtesy SCG Chemicals)

The largest floating solar farm in the world is in the Chinese city of Huainan. It has been built on top of a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being flooded with groundwater. The 40-megawatt power plant consists of 120,000 solar panels covering an area of more than 160 football fields. The $45-million investment could help power 15,000 homes in China.

If you’re interested in having a look at the drone footage of the largest floating solar farm in the world, watch the clip!

Solar is an increasing industry, especially in Asia, and to see innovations like these, it gives us hope that it will only be rising in the coming years.

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20
Feb

Review from Jai Thep Festival, Chiang Mai

We recently took part in sponsoring a local festival in Chiang Mai, called the Jai Thep festival! We teamed up with our partners from Kovert! A local Skateboarding brand and skate ramp builders with an awesome bunch of guys n gals. We supplied our mini yellow solar truck to provide some power-from-the-sun charging equipment.

One of the great organisers from the event got in touch with us with a word of thanks. We’re very excited to be apart of the team again next year!

The Eyekandi Solar Mini Yellow Truck which provides power for charging applicances

The Eyekandi Solar Mini Yellow Truck which provides power for charging applicances

“To Eyekandi Solar 

Please pass on my gratitude to the team. I wanted to write a huge thank you to everyone that helped create something beautiful at Jai Thep. We are all so grateful. I cannot tell you how many comments we received on the yellow cars and on the skate ramp. Thank you so much, and I look forward to collaborating with you all in the future!” 

Yeah! We’ll be back… Thank you Jai Thep Festival peeps

19
Feb

Power of the Sun

Wandee Khunchornyakong built the first solar farm in Thailand eight years ago. Her company is now the largest solar power supplier in the region. See the original post here from the Bangkok Post

EARLY BIRD

Wandee Khunchornyakong always wakes up at around 5 am. As chairperson and CEO of Solar Power Company Group (SPCG), she likes to start her day when the sun rises.

Her working day ends late. She goes to bed at midnight. Hard work is her routine, which she has kept from a young age. She turns 60 this year, but retirement is not part of the plan.

Wandee built her first – and Thailand’s first – solar farm in 2010. Since then her company has grown in leaps and bounds. SPCG now has 43 subsidiaries. From its headquarters in Thong Lor, it manages 36 solar farms and has expanded the business to Japan and other ASEAN countries. Today SPCG is the largest solar-power-generating company in Southeast Asia.

As a working woman – one of only a handful in the energy industry – she never thought that her dream of generating clean energy would become the huge business it is now.

“I am not somebody who comes from a family with a big name. When I returned to work after early retirement, I chose a business that was innovative and of the kind that nobody had done before,” she said, recalling her original decision to set up the company in 2009.

Wandee had worked as an executive at several companies in different fields, including a solar-cell company. She stepped down in 2006, at the age of 48, to pursue a PhD in Educational Leadership at Suan Dusit University. She thought she would become a teacher in her senior years. But destiny had other plans.

power of the sun_wandee

VISIONARY MIND

Back in 2008, the government announced a policy to promote renewable energy development. It offered a 25-year licence for private companies to operate solar-power plants and feed electricity to the utility grid of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

At that time, the solar-farm business was in its infancy and wasn’t a priority for financial creditors. For almost a year after the policy was announced, no company applied for a license.

When Wandee learned about the government’s initiative from Dr Piyasawat Amaranand, the former Energy Minister of Surayud Chulanont’s government, it motivated her to research the solar-power-plant business.

“I was interested in solar power because it’s a global trend. I know green technology will be the future for Thailand,” she said.

She spent months studying the business possibilities until she was certain she would have a chance at success. Thailand has strong solar-radiation levels throughout the year when compared to other countries in the region, and even developed countries where solar farms have been implemented, such as Germany and Japan.

“With the same investment for setting up a solar-power plant, a solar farm in Thailand will have more energy output, perhaps double to triple that of developed countries. I knew the possibility of success was high and the risk for failure was very low,” she said.

Get in touch with our Eyekandi Solar team to get a quote for your own solar installation.

30
Jan

Shining a light on Thailand’s electricity woes

Opening up the power market might hold the key to more efficient, less costly delivery of power to consumers.

Original article written by Yuthana Praiwan of the Bangkok Post. There is an expected 50% increase in Thailand’s electricity price in the up coming 10 years, from 3.66 to 5.50 baht! This may sounds somewhat alarming, however Mr Siri, the Thailand’s minister of Energy has mentioned that “The way to cut energy bills is not through subsidies, but by increasing the industry’s efficiency and innovation.” He is also quoted on saying that “we struck a balance between monopoly and free market, and let the ERC work out the rules of the game to let them compete fairly.” This was with regards to the issue of ‘monopoly’ in the energy sector. However, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was set up in 2007 for a transparent system of checks and balances to monitor the players in the sector.

Shining a light on Thailand's electricity woes

Shining a light on Thailand’s electricity woes

“We struck a balance between monopoly and free market, and let the ERC work out the rules of the game to let them compete fairly,” the energy minister says. The ERC opened up an auction for licences for renewable power for small power producers under firm-power purchase agreements (a SPP Hybrid firm), last year, when the first case study of a deregulated energy sector was launched. During that process, 300 megawatts was auctioned and the ERC received applications from more than 85 firms with a combined capacity of 2,464MW. To read the original Bangkok Post article and about Thailand’s electricity woes, click this link. To get a quote for your personal solar array, to start generating your own electricity, click here.

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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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.”

Solar in Southeast Asia, Thailand in particular, is thriving. In order for you to jump on the band wagon, get in contact with us and we’ll help you to get set up.

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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.
Here at EyeKandi-Solar would love to hear from you and what your thoughts are on the blockchain and paying for your energy this way.

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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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