Total Opens Solar-Powered Service Station in Lagos
French energy giant Total opened a $1.5 million environmental-friendly solar powered service station in Lagos. This is the first of its kind in West Africa.
Total is committed to offer green energy to Africa, directs its efforts to boost zero emission of harmful green house gases, zero noise pollution and renewed energy sources. Total Nigeria said that it’s pledge is to provide renewed energy solutions that are environmentally friendly and efficient.
Momar Nguer, Senior Vice President, Total Group, said at the commissioning of the new service station,“We launched our new T-air service station concept to display our commitment to renewable energy, more investment in Nigeria and boosting economic growth and sustainable development.” He disclosed that the project is worth N250million.
The service station is part of the company’s vow to produce innovative and safe energy that are in line with international health and safety standards, he said. “It is not borne out of purely economic reasons but out of Total’s passion to make sustainable and positive impact on the lives of people in developing societies,” he added.
Total also plans to open a second solar-energy powered service station in Nigeria in Abuja, the capital city, before the end of the year.
Total Nigeria Managing Director Alexis Vovk noted that more than 80 million people lack access to electricity in Nigeria. He said that apart from the newly opened service station, Total has also undertaken various steps like investing on several creative solutions like the Awango by Total solar lamps and hybrid energy solutions for the telecommunications industry. “This year alone, we have commissioned 16 new stations with another solar-powered station in Abuja,” he was reported as saying.
The Nigerian government has initiated several reforms in the energy sector of late. Total said that with the help of its solar lamps, it seeks to provide access to lighting for 5 percent “off-the-grid” households in Nigeria in the next three years.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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