Off-grid community is powered with hybrid power
A unique power plant in the Brazilian rainforest combines three energy sources and provides 24,000 people with green and reliable power.
The intention was to optimise the infrastructure and operating costs of the plant by reducing the use of diesel fuel for electricity generation. Besides, the solar unit would enable Voltalia to deliver a greener electricity production for the citizens in Oiapoque.
The solar PV plant was commissioned in 2017 and counts 15,840 solar panels, 132 inverters and covers an area of 70,000 m2. The plant is located on the outskirts of Oiapoque, and the remote location complicates fuel delivery. The solar plant employs 12 persons and generates around 5 GWh yearly.
“DEIF’s controllers were the only solution we could find on the market that could integrate both the thermal and solar plant. The controllers from both plants communicate together and provide us with good options for monitoring and supervision. I think it is a unique solution in the market,“
Training, fast feedback and sparring
To make sure that Voltalia’s team was familiar with the solution from DEIF, a training session focusing on AGC-4 and utility software was conducted at DEIF do Brasil’s premises in Sao Paolo.
“Working with DEIF is a really great experience. We have had good feedback from the team in Sao Paolo. We always get quick replies to our questions, and we are guaranteed good service. DEIF is a great company that can provide everything that you need for an efficient hybrid power management system,” concludes Leonardo.
Renewables will cover 90% of the energy demand
Voltalia is planning to construct a 7,5 MW run-of-river hydropower plant in Oiapoque. The plant is expected to be ready at the beginning of 2023 and will further bring down the diesel consumption, providing the community even greener energy. DEIF controllers will integrate the thermal/solar plant with the hydropower plant. Once the hydropower plant is up and running, Voltalia expects that renewables will cover up to 90% of Oiapoque’s energy demand.
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