May 30th, 2017

Award for innovative off-grid project on the Galapagos Islands

The Renewable Energy Resources (ENERGAL) project has been presented with an ARE award from the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) from among 60 additional projects in Lisbon on 22 March 2017. Thus, it has been honoured as the best off-grid project of international organisations.

The aim of this excellent project is to convert the energy supply of the Galapagos Islands Isabela and Floreana to renewable energy by the year 2020. This will be achieved by means of a hybrid system consisting of a diesel power plant operated with Jatropha nut oil and a 920 kW PV system combined with an 830 kW (330 kWh) Li-ion storage. Lahmeyer International was commissioned in 2015 by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador (MEER) as owner's engineer for the realisation and evaluation of the performance of the hybrid power plant on Isabela. The Lahmeyer engineers and specialists have prepared the feasibility study and developed the hybrid system, the free-field PV plant, the bio-oil power plant, the fuel storage, and the measuring, control and monitoring system.
 
Lahmeyer's scope of services also includes the design and implementation of consumer and producer energy efficiency measures, preparation of tender documents, technical support during the tendering phase, construction supervision, and commissioning. Lahmeyer engineers continue to monitor the plant performance during the guarantee period. The implementation of environmental information as well as awareness raising and capacity development for the local population and the employees of ELECGALAPAGOS are also important tasks of the Lahmeyer team for the project.

The award of the ARE was received by Dr. Georg Gruber from the Association of Workshops for Vegetable Oil Technology (VWP) and Soraya Villaroya from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on behalf of the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ). Both were involved as partners in the implementation of the project.

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is a lively global network of innovative and dedicated professionals who support and provide technological and financial solutions for rural electrification. As an international association of undertakings, ARE represents the decentralised energy sector, which works to integrate renewable energy sources into rural electrification in developing and emerging countries. ARE now consists of more than 100 members.

 

 

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