13 Jul '17, 9am

Low Battery Storage Degradation Underscores Excellent Overall Performance of Caribbean Microgrid

Low Battery Storage Degradation Underscores Excellent Overall Performance of Caribbean Microgrid

The Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius has changed its power generation paradigms by reducing diesel consumption with a 1.89 MW solar PV and 1 MW/572 kWh Li-Ion battery energy storage system. THEnergy has performed a data analysis for the first year of operations. Large-scale hybrid systems are rather complex, and for island utilities it is difficult to fully assess the outcome of hybridizing their diesel power plants with solar power plants on fuel consumption. They typically rely on the calculations of the manufacturers or on rather costly third-party studies. Lead image: PV-Battery Diesel Hybrid Plant on Sint Eustatius © SMA Sunbelt. In the case of Sint Eustatius, the performance of the plants exceeds the forecasts. The share of solar energy on the island energy mix was higher than predicted for the first year of operations. Relative diesel savings were 3.4 percent high...

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