Feb 16, 2021

World's highest and Bolivia's largest solar plant expands

Solar
Renewables
Bolivia
Dominic Ellis
2 min
At 3,735m above sea level, Oruro is the world's highest plant and the 300,000-panel site is the largest in renewables-focused Bolivia
At 3,735m above sea level, Oruro is the world's highest plant and the 300,000-panel site is the largest in renewables-focused Bolivia...

The second phase of the Oruro PV plant has opened, scooping a brace of superlatives: it is the world's highest plant, 3,735m above sea level, and the 300,000-panel site is the largest in renewables-focused Bolivia.

The total cost of the two phases has been €86 million, of which €60 million came from a loan granted by France's AFD to the Bolivian State, €8.5 million from an investment grant accompanied by a sectoral technical assistance programme financed by the European Union (LAIF), and €17.5 million financed by the Central Bank of Bolivia.

The plant demonstrates the country's ability to develop renewable energy and represents a new milestone in the Bolivian government's energy transition, which is planning to reverse its energy matrix in favour of low-carbon renewable energy by 2050.

The project also supports the diversification of Bolivia's electricity mix with the consolidation of the country's energy supply, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (100,000 TeqCO2/year) and the generation of income for the country linked to increased gas exports and the creation of new jobs.

"Our funding mandate is part of the Paris Agreement and we are very proud to promote, with the State and ENDE, the development of renewable energy for the well-being of the Bolivian people," said Alexia Levesque, AFD Director in Bolivia. 

"This project is helping to change the image of oruro's traditionally mining department by betting on new clean technologies to meet energy demand. Alexia Levesque welcomes AFD's continued work, which is also beneficial for the protection of Pachamama, the 'mother earth' in Andean culture."

A quarter of the electricity generated in Bolivia comes from renewables although 12% of the population still does not have access to electricity, according to the IEA. The government has launched the Bolivia Electric Plan 2020-2025 to support the expansion of the electricity grid with a strong emphasis on renewables.

Gas is also integral to country's energy mix and at the end of December the Bolivian government announced the discovery of 1 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas reserves.

The new Boicobo Sur–X1 reservoir, located in the Caipipendi field of the southern department of Chuquisaca, is run by the Spanish company Repsol with participation from Shell and PAE.

Bolivia has 10.7TCF of gas reserves that guarantees supply to the domestic market and its export commitments to Argentina and Brazil.

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May 4, 2021

Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace

Renewables
Digitaltransformation
cleanenergy
Dominic Ellis
3 min
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation

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

  • Grid services

  • Intelligent asset management

  • Transactive energy

  • Microgrid 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".

 

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