Ennera connects its first hybrid solar plant with lithium batteries in Afghanistan
Ennera has connected a hybrid solar power plant with lithium batteries at the UN headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After its implementation, this delegation is supplying renewable energy. This is the first project for the company in this country, which also entrenches its presence in the international market.
The Kabul project awarded to Ennera includes the design, procurement and construction ofa 128kWp photovoltaic planton deck with energy storage that will generate more than 191MWh a year. This contribution will enable the ICT Department and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) servers not to rely entirely on diesel generators for their supply, as has been occurring over the last few years.
Power electronics equipment is installed within a standard 40 'container and includes 20 solar chargers, nine two way threephase inverters and 29 lithium batteries, 12,8kWh each one. Thestorage capacity ofthe plant is 371.2 kWh.
With respect to the duration of the project, Ennera's leadersindicate that the hybrid plant could be carried out within 10 weeks. "The containerized configuration has managed to drastically reduce the installation times "in situ ", since having previously tested the systems in our workshops before sending them to Kabul, has allowed to limit the start-up times, minimizing the risk of system configuration errors. This is essential when this type of project needs to be delivered in countries with logistical difficulties, as is the case of Afghanistan. "
The construction of the plant was carried out during 2017 and was put into operation in October of that same year. This initiative forms part of the "Long Term agreement UNDP/PSU/GR600180-1/5" Signed in April 2016, which aims to supply "turnkey" solar projects with energy storage. This collaboration agreement includes the realization of another solar project at the UN offices in Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe.
As Epecist, Ennera has carried out the start-up of the plant, in addition to managing all the processes from the initial steps through the engineering, construction and delivery stage; In addition to taking care of the installation guarantee. "The last step was the delivery of the facility to the members of the United Nations of Kabul in October 2017. Since then, the UNDP data centre is supplied with renewable solar energy, which makes it possible to significantly reduce the environmental impact produced by diesel-fuelled generators used to date.
The implementation of this project represents "an important technological milestone" for Ennera, since it constitutes "the first reference of storage with lithium batteries, technology
destined to have a huge development on a global scale in the next years".
The implementation of this project represents "an important technological milestone" for Ennera, since it constitutes "the first reference of storage with lithium batteries, technology destined to have a huge development on a global scale in the next years".