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Japan Battery Energy Storage

Optimal Power Solutions has recently delivered a new battery energy storage system in Japan as of January 2017. The initiative for this project is to utilise renewable and advanced energy storage technologies for high-power frequency regulation and load shifting at the site.

This project employs a modular power solution developed by Optimal Power Solutions with a system architecture comprised of 1MW of power control inverters, a lead carbon battery and 3MWp of solar photovoltaics. The lead carbon battery has a superior charge and discharge rate compared to other battery technologies enabling high penetration of solar PV. The solar array charges the lead carbon batteries during sunlight hours then exports the energy into the grid to meet the peak loads during evenings.

Japan is progressing ahead with various energy technology initiatives in order to advance as a global leader of the energy storage sector. Battery and energy technologies are predicted to play a major role beyond 2020 where renewable penetration is expected to be very high and form a major component of the overall energy mix.

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April 5, 2017   Comments Off on Japan Battery Energy Storage

Optimal Power Solutions in collaboration with University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) for 10 MW Distributed Solar System

Optimal Power Solutions with Applied Energy Solutions Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) for the development of a 10 megawatt solar farm at UTM’s Johor Bahru campus.

The project will involve engineering, procurement and construction across various iconic structures at the campus. This is a pilot project and the first solar farm of it’s kind at a University campus in Malaysia. The main objectives are to encourage utilisation of efficient, sustainable and renewable energy technology for commercial, educational and research purposes as well as being an innovative means for UTM’s income generation by way of power production.

This project is part of of the Large Scale Solar (LSS) programme of the Energy Commission (EC) Malaysia which allocates funding for 42 Megawatt, with the first phase of UTM’s solar project qualifying for 10 MW. The solar power is expected to provide for 1,500 homes.

The roll out of solar PV at the campus will include innovative shaded parking areas. The collaborative nature of the project is expected to enhance skills and technology of the university acting as a catalyst for sustainable r&d into solar energy systems for Malaysia. The project will commence in early 2017.

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September 21, 2016   Comments Off on Optimal Power Solutions in collaboration with University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) for 10 MW Distributed Solar System

Optimal Power Solutions recognised as Market Leader in the field of renewable energy, power control technology and integration of micro grids.

Results were published in August 2015 by Navigant Research, one of the key research programs with a focus on new technology and business models that are driving innovation in the clean energy sector and shaping the future of electrical grid networks.

Navigant considers OPS as one of the top three companies in the micro grid space, with our success underlined by a robust project portfolio, highly functional micro-grid controllers and our approach to optimisation of micro grids.

In the past twelve months, OPS have been busy developing a new range of high-capacity, parallel Power Inverter Modules, namely the OPS PRISM system, which provides even greater power stability for critical mission projects. These products have been deployed in various projects including energy-intensive, commercial facilities in Japan, now operating as “smart factories” and maritime defense operations at remote coastlines. We are currently undertaking system upgrades for pre-existing OPS systems to the new parallel power platform, enabling greater optimisation of renewable sources with advanced control features, resulting in reduced operational costs for our valued clients.

OPS is also continuing with R&D for the control and integration of newly-commercialised or prototype advanced battery technologies through collaboration with our technical partners and universities. This R&D allows OPS to develop state-of-the-art power control technology and products, in line with the latest energy storage device specifications, as well as develop control algorithms and strategies that enable the highest penetration of solar PV whilst optimising the total system. High penetration solar PV micro grids provide the greatest contribution of renewable energy sources and enable zero or very low diesel-fuel operation, resulting in best case levelised cost of electricity generation.

For more information on this new exciting report, visit Business Wire or click on the image below to go to the Navigant Research site.

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Image Source – Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Microgrid Controls, Aug 2015

August 21, 2015   Comments Off on Optimal Power Solutions recognised as Market Leader in the field of renewable energy, power control technology and integration of micro grids.

Newly Commissioned 100kWp Solar Rooftop, South India

Optimal Power Solutions India together with the OPS Group have completed a new 100kW rooftop system for an institutional facility in South India, Karnataka.

OPS India provided a complete turnkey system, delivering the system within a short time frame of only six weeks. The solution included power conversion design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning. A customised SCADA provides the client with the means to monitor, evaluate and operate their new renewable energy system both onsite and remotely.

The system incorporates a 100kWp solar PV rooftop array with two OPS GEC-50 Grid Export Conditioner inverters.

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June 4, 2015   Comments Off on Newly Commissioned 100kWp Solar Rooftop, South India

OPS commissions a new PV micro-grids for Indian Coast Guard.

OPS together with Optimal Power Synergy India have completed a new solar PV, micro-grid system in the Andaman Islands. OPS India are currently providing a number of these renewable energy systems to remote Coast Guard sites.

The connected power sources include 75kWp of solar PV, a 240V, 2400Ah battery bank and 2 diesel generator sets rated to 30kVA each. OPS India have supplied two proprietary technology parallel inverter modules rated at 20kVA each, with a Station Control Module and other balance of system, power electronic components.
The Station Control Module employs specialised control software and will take suitable actions, based on inbuilt intelligence, to ensure reliable and optimum operation of the hybrid power plant. The Station Controller also provides remote monitoring of various system parameters such as battery status, loads, diesel genset operation. Other balance of system hardware was designed and built to suit the project requirements, including an AC Switching Cabinet and DC Distribtion Board and Combiner boxes.

This micro-grid system provides excellent power reliability and redundancy as well as significant diesel fuel savings.

Please visit our Coast Guard Andaman Islands gallery here to view more project photos. A selection of photos below show the site Coast Guard facilities and operations and the power equipment supplied by OPS India.

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October 2, 2014   Comments Off on OPS commissions a new PV micro-grids for Indian Coast Guard.

OPS technology drives Indonesia’s first large-scale standalone system at Bunaken Island

The beautiful island of Bunaken, located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia boasts one of the largest homes to a vast range of corals and exotic species of fish. Attracting attention from all corners of the globe for the breathtaking diving experiences, it has now attracted the attention of viewers for another reason, the 360kWp solar hybrid system. Bunaken is the first island in Indonesia to receive 24 hour power from an integrated solar hybrid system.  The Indonesian Government has in recent times increased their efforts to provide a more cost effective and reliable source of energy. As the beginning of the initiative, PLN, the Indonesian State Owned Electricity company has been given the approval to build the very first Solar Power plant with a capacity of 335kW.

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For more Bunaken Pictures visit our Bunaken Flickr Photos.

PLN, in conjunction with PT Chint and their technical partner Optimal Power Solutions (OPS) has teamed up to provide the island with extended hours of electricity from 6 hours a day to 24 hours. Gradually going towards the direction of continuous and uninterrupted energy sources, OPS has designed a system whereby HPC inverters are utilised to fulfil the desired solution. The HPC inverters, a device designed and manufactured solely by OPS, is a highly-developed bi-directional power conditioner featuring advanced fast control algorithms which accommodate a range of power sources and storage technologies. The HPC ensures high quality power output under varied or cloudy conditions and support high levels of solar penetration, including zero diesel fuel consumption power systems. OPS has a proven track record of successful off-grid projects around the world ranging from 10kW to 1MW of installed PV.

The Project which was completed in February 2011, having attracted a large share of publicity was introduced by the Governor of North Sulawesi, Sinyo Sarundayang in a celebratory ceremony. Being the first of many to come, Governor Sarundayang hopes that the presence of the Solar Plant will improve the prosperity of the Bunaken and surrounding islands. These efforts were a direct response to the needs of the community.

Ezequiel Paolinelli, OPS Product Manager describes the system, “The first obstacle of this project was considering the status of the gensets. Due to old age and lack of remote control, the upgrade and design from OPS had to enable semi-manual genset operation. Many conditions have to be taken into account when manual operation of the genset is required by the operators. Because the OPS system is designed to work with little intervention from operators, instructions on how to operate the gensets under different situations were given through on-site training. More analysis with site data in the coming weeks also enabled OPS to improve the genset running hours as well as monitor the system under semi-manual mode and instruct the operators if required.”

Coverage of The Bunaken Island Project on Topik ANTV

May 30, 2012   Comments Off on OPS technology drives Indonesia’s first large-scale standalone system at Bunaken Island

OPS awarded prestigious project for Lakshadweep Islands’ solar electricity, India.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been awarded by Lakshadweep Electricity Department a major contract for installation for a 1.1 MWp Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Power Plants at Lakshadweep Island, along with the refurbishment of existing installations totalling 850 kWp. A total of ten islands will be involved in this project.

BHEL is one of the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprises that operates in India’s energy and infrastructure sectors. The company provides services to India’s power, railway, telecommunication and transmission markets. It is currently estimated that 70% of power generated in India is produced by BHEL-manufactured equipment.

BHEL has contracted OPS India to provide new power electronics equipment as well as to augment and refurbish the SPV Power Plants. OPSI will supply our proprietary technology Power Conditioning Units with SCADA systems & MPPT charge controllers to BHEL for Lakshadweep.

The scope of work for OPS India includes total project work for installation, system integration, commissioning and O & M of the SPV plants for a period of 5 years.

OPS India will also provide a remote monitoring system that will be integrate the individual inverters on the respective Islands. This will enable remote accessibility with special control for individual inverters as well as the integrated system. Our web based monitoring and control system is capable of data acquisition through both local and remote access points.

To view more images of this project, please click on one of the images below or visit the Lakshadweep Project page at our Flickr website here.

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March 31, 2011   Comments Off on OPS awarded prestigious project for Lakshadweep Islands’ solar electricity, India.