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OPS provides power conversion and system control for advanced microgrid in UAE

UAE

The OPS Group is pleased to announce the successful commissioning of its latest renewable power project, situated at an off-grid industrial facility in the United Arab Emirates.

This project involved the integration of renewable energy and advanced batteries into the existing diesel power plant. The primary design objective of this system is to improve financial outcomes for the industrial facility, through a reduction in operating expenditures and lifecycle energy costs.

OPS integrated its advanced microgrid technologies, including parallel PIM power conditioners, MPPT chargers, and Prescient U10 microgrid controllers, with 300 kWp of solar generation, a 614 kWh lithium-ion energy storage system, and  two 500 kVA diesel generators. These gensets are now playing a backup role, with the facilities’ energy requirements predominantly supplied by renewable energy generation.

Microgrids exemplify the future of power in their application of advanced materials, software, and engineering. Due to the declining cost and improved performance of energy storage, microgrids are now capable of delivering utility grade power at lower lifecycle costs than competing options such as diesel, and without harmful environmental impacts. Recognised as a leader in microgrid controls, Optimal Power Solutions is proud to be at the forefront of this paradigm shift in power generation.

 


 

Download a case study for the UAE Microgrid system below. For additional information, please contact Optimal Power Solutions.

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Project Flyer – UAE Microgrid System

March 29, 2016   Comments Off on OPS provides power conversion and system control for advanced microgrid in UAE

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.

Navigant Report Market Leaders Micro Grids

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.

Grid Export with rooftop 100kWp Solar Project

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

Nagoya Japan Solar PV and Energy Storage System

Optimal Power Solutions is pleased to have completed Utility compliance tests and grid connection of a 200kW PV power plant with energy storage for long duration export. The site is at Nagoya Japan and utilises a land fill waste disposal site for additional land utilisation. The complete system “floats” above ground as no penetration of the top surface is permitted.

The System operates in parallel with a nearby 500KW standard grid connect system and utilises the same grid connection substation for best equipment utilisation at site. No importing of grid power is permitted and strict operational criteria is applied by the utility. This system is one of a number similar system planned for market uptake in Japan.

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January 10, 2015   Comments Off on Nagoya Japan Solar PV and Energy Storage System

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 delivering 500 kW Mini Grid in Caribbean

Site works are progressing at the 500kW PV powered Mini grid at Bock Cay in the Caribbean. The complete installation of all components is reaching completion and the site will undergo testing and commissioning in September.

Attached are several site photo’s showing the works and stage of completion. OPS is looking forward to bringing the plant on line and having the island users enjoy clean silent power as well as making very large savings on fuel costs.

 

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August 11, 2014   Comments Off on OPS delivering 500 kW Mini Grid in Caribbean

OPS Implements Innovative Micro Grid System for Coast Guard, India

Optimal Power Solutions India have recently implemented a solar PV, micro grid system for the Indian Coast Guard. The Micro Grid power system shown is one of several installations that provide reliable, 24 hour power to Coast Guard facilities around the coastline. The system configuration includes parallel power conditioners which offer high power and dual redundant capability. System components include a solar PV array of 75kWp and an energy storage  of 575kWh which ensures the operations run seamlessly around the clock.

The Micro Grid at this site is focussed on parallel power conditioning units rated at 30kVA each. In addition, the system has the capability to manage two diesel generators as back up sources. The power conversion and system control was carefully designed for ease of use and fast serviceability.Remote monitoring and control has been implemented by OPS to meet the requirements of the dual redundant, parallel power conversion systems.

Parallel power conversion systems are becoming more attractive with high merit around power reliability, redundancy, expandability and maintenance. OPS have rolled out a number of  parallel power conversion systems ranging from 20kW to 100kW over the last year. Currently OPS are implementing  larger mini grids including 400kW parallel power conversion systems. OPS is well positioned to offer the Mini-grid market segment power conversion systems at the megawatt scale.

Further information on this Coast Guard project is available in the following presentation.

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July 25, 2014   Comments Off on OPS Implements Innovative Micro Grid System for Coast Guard, India

Australian coal prospects dim as PM Modi spotlights solar

India’s newly elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has started his first term in office with a promise that the power-starved nation will strongly focus on solar power.

Narendra Taneja, head of energy in Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party said “We look upon solar as having the potential to completely transform the way we look at the energy space,” said, as the BJT come to power last Friday (May 16) in the biggest electoral win in three decades.

Modi’s proposed “saffron revolution” is a political promise that holds a lot of appeal, as well as massive economic opportunity. Now, as Prime Minister, growing renewable energy generation will remain one of Modi’s top priorities, according to Taneja, especially solar, with its potential to create many jobs and supply millions of households not connected to the grid.

It is a heavy blow to the coal industry which presumed it was the only power source capable of delivering electricity, despite India’s notorious infrastructure problems. For coal exporting nations like Australia, however – who have been forging ahead with the development of new mega mines and infrastructure in the belief that coal is the only solution to India’s booming energy needs – this news will not be welcome.

And as recently as January, leading investment bank HSBC warned that the market value of the coal assets owned by Australia’s biggest mining groups could be slashed by nearly half – or more than $US20 billion – due to constraints of the global “carbon budget;” a concept HSBC says is gaining traction, given the climate science, and the implementation of pollution control policies in the US and China.

A month earlier, in December, the International Energy Agency trimmed its five-year forecast of global coal use, warning that environmental constraints, financing issues, and the current cost of coal exports raised “concerns about the economic feasibility of projects in the Galilee Basin.”

Acknowledgement to Sophie Vorrath

May 21, 2014   Comments Off on Australian coal prospects dim as PM Modi spotlights solar

120 kW Smart Grid Factory Energy Optimisation in Japan

OPS is pleased to deliver a new PV rooftop project in Japan for  Kawasaki – Rikuso Co Ltd (located near Tokyo). The factory is a logistics control point and warehouse for manufactured items.

The PV Inverter battery system provides a continuous split phase  power supply to the main office in the factory during the daylight hours. At night load is controlled back to the  utility grid supply at 8pm and restated on renewables at 9am the next day. Under local regulations grid feed of the PV energy is not permitted.

The system is structured on 120 kW of PV array with different roof orientations. The energy storage is 480 kWh and Inverter is 60 kW.  The load is estimated at 20 to 50 kW. The Tokyo Electricity Commission charges a fixed rate of approx. 18 yen (about US$0.18) per unit plus a ‘basic charge’ of 1000 yen/month based on the peak kW recorded over a 12 month period.

This project will provide valuable information for further scale up in the Japanese smart grid market.

 

Energy Optimisation in Japan

April 3, 2014   Comments Off on 120 kW Smart Grid Factory Energy Optimisation in Japan

New Mini Grid at Bock Cay in the Bahama’s

Mini Grid Systems

Optimal Power is pleased to be delivering on a new Mini grid system in the Bahama’s. The system includes 500 kW of solar PV and a mini grid control system including high power MPPT’s, station control and monitoring.

The system will use energy storage to reduce diesel system operation overnight and maximise the renewable operation in the daytime The system is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of calendar year 2014.

 

 

January 17, 2014   Comments Off on New Mini Grid at Bock Cay in the Bahama’s