Phaesun GmbH: Start rural electrification in Mozambique
Phaesun GmbH, the Germany-based provider of solar energy for Mozambique small businesses and public institutions, began a project on the rural electrification in the parish of Pessene, Mozambique, which is located approximately 50 kilometers from Maputo, the Mozambique capital. An inaugural event for the project took place on 23 July 2010. The previous day the company constructed the first Pico systems, small 10 watt capacity off-grid systems, for the project, which supplied a primary school and two teacher accommodations with 15 solar lamps. The EUR 300,000 project is due to extend over the course of two years, and 50 percent of the investment costs will be secured by the Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft.
Phaesun, and the project partner, Coseba, will establish a sustained trader network for the distribution of the Pico systems, in which training courses will be held in the Mozambique province of Sofala. Additionally, Phaesun partner, Sonnenplus GmbH, will train traders in the province of Maputo.
The second step of the project will involve project partners establishing “solar shops” and “solar kiosks,” to sell systems or rent out lamps. The first shop is expected to open in mid 2011. In an effort to increase the broad effect of the project, professor at Germany’s University of Ulm, Peter Adelmann, will hold lectures on photovoltaics for Electrical Engineering students. Adelmann also hopes to establish lectures as a permanent feature in Mozambique universities.
“Thanks to Pico systems, African people who had to cope without electricity are now given the chance to provide themselves with electric light by virtue of their own efforts and their own funds,” stated Adelmann. “Modern Pico systems are up to ten times less the price than traditional Solar Home systems.”
“Simultaneously with the revolutionary advance of highly efficient LEDs that could be observed last year, a very high energy density with lithium batteries and reduced prices for solar modules, we have succeeded in introducing high-quality and durable Pico systems at very economic prices on the market,” Phaesun Managing Director Tobias Zwirner explained. “The Sundaya Ulitium Lamp Kits which are exclusively distributed by Phaesun are durable Hightech products which low-income buyers can also afford.”
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".