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Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 brings together government, leading utilities, power producers, project developers, investors, and solution providers to allow new business opportunities and valuable connections to be made. Africa is among the strongest solar resources in the world. It brings tremendous opportunities to the solar and energy storage industry in African developing countries. Solar is also being promoted to replace fuel-based lighting and off-grid electrical needs. The great market potential has encouraged Leader Group to launch the Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27-28, 2017. Participants include governments, utilities, project developers, investors, energy storage product manufacturers, consulting firms, in addition to other related sectors invited to discuss opportunities, challenges, and solutions for solar and energy storage development in the African market. Alberto Rodríguez TTA’s Head of Projects - Africa region will present “Regulatory Framework for mini-grids; technical requirements, service levels, interconnection of MG to the mini-grid." Trama TecnoAmbiental, S.L TTA's new mini-grids in Kenya (3), Tanzania (1) and Burundi (5) aim to offer access to clean and affordable energy to more than 10.000 people. TTA announce that it successfully presented it findings from the pre-feasibility study of 30 hybrid PV mini-grids in rural Kenya to the main stakeholders of Kenya's power sector and donors on 10th March. The results will be soon available to private developers and operators, as well as interested parties in rural electrification. Rural electrification expertise · Capacity Building · Consultancy · Product sales · Project Developer · Service Provider Off-grid system used · Micro/Mini-grid · Stand-alone RE-technology used · (Bio-)Diesel Back-up · Battery / Energy Storage · Bioenergy · Hybrid · Hydro · Inverters / Power Components · Solar PV · Wind Mr. Paul Keurinck Urbasolar's Vice President International and New Markets just confirmed to join the event; Will share an off grid case study: Red Land Roses solar power plant in Riuru, Kenya. Urbasolar Leading French solar company Urbasolar is a French group specializing in the development, construction, financing, and operation of industrial photovoltaic power plants. Through its capital investment in Sillia VL, Urbasolar already has operations in Kenya. It recently moved to deepen its activities in the country by launching another solar plant in Ruiru. Urbasolar just partnered with Kenyatta University, in one of its skills-transfer programmes to set up 10MW solar power plant (Kenya). Through the project, Kenyatta University will consume the power and sell the surplus to Kenya Power. Mr. Vahid Fotuhi Managing Director Access Power MEA Access Power MEA Access Power is a developer, owner and operator of power assets in emerging and frontier markets. Access is today one of the fastest growing independent power producers in emerging markets, and is currently developing power projects worth more than US$1 billion in 23 countries across Africa and Asia. Access is developing a portfolio of power assets in Africa through its subsidiary Access Infra Africa (AIA). Today, AIA is actively seeking the development of a portfolio of renewable energy projects in 15 Africa countries. AIA is technology agnostic and focuses on developing affordable and sustainable power assets. John Okoro Business Development Manager Vergnet's Topic: 100% Renewables is Possible! Exploring technical and economic solutions for off grid solar + storage in Africa. Vergnet For over 25 years, Vergnet has been designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining renewable energy plants in isolated and remote areas with limited infrastructure or extreme climate conditions. Vergnet is also a recognized provider and installer of turnkey PV power plants with extensive value addition in difficult locations, and extreme conditions. Vergnet, via its several references, and extensive experience, has been able to prove that 100% renewables is possible by harnessing the power of storage and via the intelligent real-time management of these hybrid solutions. As the economics of storage technologies continues to improve, storage will increasingly offer competitive edges to renewable energy technologies hence allowing user to benefit from the power of clean energy. Mr. Laurent Van Houcke Chief Operations Officer BBOXX BBOXX is a venture backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world. BBOXX is fully vertically integrated, controlling every part of the customer experience. BBOXX market leading products and appliances coupled with SMART Solar platform bring machine-learning and customer experience optimization to rural Africa. The BBOXX ground-breaking financing structure has brought off-grid solar into the World’s financial markets. With over 80,000 systems deployed so far; 300 staff across 5 offices in China, UK and East Africa are waking up every morning to work with BBOXX to electrify 20M people by 2020. Join Us For speaking opportunities, please contact: Coco Fu via coco@leaderxtet.com For sponsorship enquiries, please contact: Oscar Yeung via oscaryeung@leaderxtet.com For delegates enquiries, please contact:Wendy Huang via wendyh@leaderxtet.com For more information, please click official website: http://www.africaenergystorage.com/ Naples, FL, April 20, 2017 --( PR.com )-- With thousands of off grid projects springing up across Africa, solar project owners and developers require huge amounts of financing.Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 brings together government, leading utilities, power producers, project developers, investors, and solution providers to allow new business opportunities and valuable connections to be made.Africa is among the strongest solar resources in the world. It brings tremendous opportunities to the solar and energy storage industry in African developing countries. Solar is also being promoted to replace fuel-based lighting and off-grid electrical needs. The great market potential has encouraged Leader Group to launch the Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27-28, 2017. Participants include governments, utilities, project developers, investors, energy storage product manufacturers, consulting firms, in addition to other related sectors invited to discuss opportunities, challenges, and solutions for solar and energy storage development in the African market.Alberto RodríguezTTA’s Head of Projects - Africa region will present “Regulatory Framework for mini-grids; technical requirements, service levels, interconnection of MG to the mini-grid."Trama TecnoAmbiental, S.LTTA's new mini-grids in Kenya (3), Tanzania (1) and Burundi (5) aim to offer access to clean and affordable energy to more than 10.000 people.TTA announce that it successfully presented it findings from the pre-feasibility study of 30 hybrid PV mini-grids in rural Kenya to the main stakeholders of Kenya's power sector and donors on 10th March. The results will be soon available to private developers and operators, as well as interested parties in rural electrification.Rural electrification expertise· Capacity Building· Consultancy· Product sales· Project Developer· Service ProviderOff-grid system used· Micro/Mini-grid· Stand-aloneRE-technology used· (Bio-)Diesel Back-up· Battery / Energy Storage· Bioenergy· Hybrid· Hydro· Inverters / Power Components· Solar PV· WindMr. Paul KeurinckUrbasolar's Vice President International and New Markets just confirmed to join the event; Will share an off grid case study: Red Land Roses solar power plant in Riuru, Kenya.UrbasolarLeading French solar company Urbasolar is a French group specializing in the development, construction, financing, and operation of industrial photovoltaic power plants. Through its capital investment in Sillia VL, Urbasolar already has operations in Kenya. It recently moved to deepen its activities in the country by launching another solar plant in Ruiru. Urbasolar just partnered with Kenyatta University, in one of its skills-transfer programmes to set up 10MW solar power plant (Kenya). Through the project, Kenyatta University will consume the power and sell the surplus to Kenya Power.Mr. Vahid FotuhiManaging Director Access Power MEAAccess Power MEAAccess Power is a developer, owner and operator of power assets in emerging and frontier markets. Access is today one of the fastest growing independent power producers in emerging markets, and is currently developing power projects worth more than US$1 billion in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.Access is developing a portfolio of power assets in Africa through its subsidiary Access Infra Africa (AIA). Today, AIA is actively seeking the development of a portfolio of renewable energy projects in 15 Africa countries. AIA is technology agnostic and focuses on developing affordable and sustainable power assets.John OkoroBusiness Development ManagerVergnet's Topic: 100% Renewables is Possible! Exploring technical and economic solutions for off grid solar + storage in Africa.VergnetFor over 25 years, Vergnet has been designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining renewable energy plants in isolated and remote areas with limited infrastructure or extreme climate conditions. Vergnet is also a recognized provider and installer of turnkey PV power plants with extensive value addition in difficult locations, and extreme conditions.Vergnet, via its several references, and extensive experience, has been able to prove that 100% renewables is possible by harnessing the power of storage and via the intelligent real-time management of these hybrid solutions. As the economics of storage technologies continues to improve, storage will increasingly offer competitive edges to renewable energy technologies hence allowing user to benefit from the power of clean energy.Mr. Laurent Van HouckeChief Operations OfficerBBOXXBBOXX is a venture backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world.BBOXX is fully vertically integrated, controlling every part of the customer experience. BBOXX market leading products and appliances coupled with SMART Solar platform bring machine-learning and customer experience optimization to rural Africa. The BBOXX ground-breaking financing structure has brought off-grid solar into the World’s financial markets. With over 80,000 systems deployed so far; 300 staff across 5 offices in China, UK and East Africa are waking up every morning to work with BBOXX to electrify 20M people by 2020.Join UsFor speaking opportunities, please contact: Coco Fu via coco@leaderxtet.comFor sponsorship enquiries, please contact: Oscar Yeung via oscaryeung@leaderxtet.comFor delegates enquiries, please contact:Wendy Huang via wendyh@leaderxtet.comFor more information, please click official website: http://www.africaenergystorage.com/ Click here to view the company profile of topseos.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from topseos.com


Moner-Girona M.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Ghanadan R.,University of California at Berkeley | Ghanadan R.,Economy Energy | Solano-Peralta M.,Trama TecnoAmbiental | And 4 more authors.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2016

Following the successful Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) system worldwide, few countries have implemented FiTs explicitly tailored for off-grid or mini-grid systems. This study takes an integrated approach to examine the feasibility of an off-grid Feed-in Tariff (off-FiT) for existing and new remote mini-grids in Tanzania, using a combination of geographical analysis, technical, economic and institutional assessments. Based on detailed modelling of two community off-grid cases, (i) PV-diesel and (ii) mini-hydro, we identify least-cost rural electrification options that make solar and mini-hydro energy competitive with diesel generators and potential effect of the support scheme on rural electrification plans. In the first case, we illustrate where the off-FiT complements diesel generation of an existing mini-grid (PV-diesel). In the second case (mini-hydro), we illustrate conditions where the off-FiT policy brings mini-hydro generation to non-electrified communities and sells renewable electricity directly to new customers. Currently, Tanzania has Standardized Power Purchase (SPP) rates, which target generators connected to the national grid and distribution systems of mini-grids or isolated grids. We found for the off-FiT tariff the total amount needed to support the same number of customers by solar and hydro-mini grids versus diesel would be of 31.5 million US$, or a premium of 0.11 US$/kWh to the present current SPPs tariff of 0.24 US$/kWh for PV. We also found that a technology specific FiT tariff would be most suitable to attract national and international investors by providing a rate of return that compensates the risk of the investment. The overall support is comparable to the 36 million US$ that the government currently subsidizes and allocates to diesel mini-grids in country, and this shows the potential for a long-term renewable energy strategy for mini-grid areas. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Marnay C.,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Kroposki B.,National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Mao M.,Hefei University of Technology | Xu H.,Chinese Academy of Sciences | And 13 more authors.
IEEE Electrification Magazine | Year: 2015

The current status of international microgrid research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) was on display and open for review and debate in Tianjin, China, 13-14 November 2014 at the Tianjin 2014 Symposium on Microgrids. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (U.S. DOE-OE) and the Energy Foundation, organized by Tianjin University, Hefei University of Technology, and supported by other generous sponsors, the tenth in the influential series of microgrid symposiums was held at the Geneva Grand Hotel. Broad international participation was achieved, with 106 attendees from 18 countries (Figure 1). There were 26 technical presentations by speakers from around the globe as well as a panel session on standards development and technical tours to the Tianjin Eco-City sustainable city development, Tianjin University's Microgrid Laboratory, and the Yanqing dc microgrid near Beijing. The formal welcome was offered by Zhipeng Liang, deputy director of the Renewable Energy Department, Chinese National Energy Administration. © 2013 IEEE.


Jacobs D.,Free University of Berlin | Marzolf N.,Inter American Development Bank | Paredes J.R.,Inter American Development Bank | Rickerson W.,Meister Consultants Group Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Energy Policy | Year: 2013

Renewable energy is becoming a priority for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries because of energy challenges such as demand growth, high dependence on imported fossil fuels, and climate change. As of 2010, 12 LAC countries have implemented formal targets for renewable energy deployment. Some of the LAC countries, namely Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, are using feed-in tariffs (FITs) to promote renewables. FITs are long-term, guaranteed purchase agreements for green electricity at a price that can provide project developers a reasonable return on investment. FITs are increasingly popular because if designed well, they can mitigate investor risk in renewables. This article presents a low-risk FIT design and then uses this design to benchmark the existing LAC region FITs. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Arranz P.,International Consultancy Europe Unit | Anzizu M.,International Consultancy Europe Unit | Pineau A.,Renewable Energy and Hybrid System Engineer | Marwede M.,TU Berlin | And 7 more authors.
Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management | Year: 2014

This paper presents the measures taken in the demonstration of the photovoltaic case study developed within the European project 'Towards zero waste in industrial networks' (Zerowin), integrating the D4R (Design for recycling, repair, refurbishment and reuse) criteria at both system and industrial network level. The demonstration is divided into three phases. The first phase concerns the development of a D4R photovoltaic concept, the second phase focused on the development of a specific component of photovoltaic systems and the third phase was the demonstration of the D4R design in two complete photovoltaic systems (grid-connected and stand-alone). This paper includes a description of the installed photovoltaic systems, including a brief summary at component level of the lithium ion battery system and the D4R power conditioning system developed for the pilot installations. Additionally, industrial symbioses within the network associated with the photovoltaic systems and the production model for the network are described.


Arranz P.,Trama TecnoAmbiental | Tarrago J.,Trama TecnoAmbiental | Vallve X.,Trama TecnoAmbiental | Marwede M.,TU Berlin | And 7 more authors.
Electronics Goes Green 2012+, ECG 2012 - Joint International Conference and Exhibition, Proceedings | Year: 2012

This present paper presents the measures that are taken in the demonstration of the photovoltaic (PV) case study developed within the European project 'Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks (ZeroWIN)' integrating the D4R (Design for Recycling, Repair, Refurbishment and Reuse) criteria. The demonstration is divided in three phases: the first phase concerns the development of a D4R PV system and related industrial networks; the second phase focuses on the development of a specific component of PV systems, a power conditioning prototype, finished in April 2012; the third and final phase will be the demonstration of the D4R design in two complete PV systems (grid-connected and off-grid). The paper includes the description of the developed power conditioning, a description of the Li-ion battery system and the description of industrial symbioses to be demonstrated within the final PV power plants. © 2012 Fraunhofer IZM.

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