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Off-grid Site: Juwi Builds Another Hybrid Power Plant for Mining Company in Australia

Wörrstadt, Germany - The Australian subsidiary of German based Juwi AG has signed a contract with TransAlta to build a hybrid power plant for BHP's nickel mine.

Juwi will plan the hybrid power plant, purchase the components and build it, the company said. Commissioning is scheduled for November 2022, after which Juwi will take over operation and maintenance.

“This groundbreaking hybrid project with Transalta for BHP is the next important milestone for renewable energy. Not only does the project feature spatially distributed solar power generation, cloud forecasting and the latest Juwi Hybrid IQ technology, but also demonstrates that our solutions are now part of Tier 1 mining operations", said Dave Manning, Director Global Hybrid at Juwi.

The solar system planned by Juwi optimises power generation with bifacial PV modules and a single-axis tracking system. This allows the solar irradiation to be utilised much better. Only the Juwi Hybrid IQ Microgrid technology enables the integration of solar and battery systems into the existing off-grid network and supports the operation of the existing power plants, Juwi points out.

"Our proven track record with hybrid designs and project delivery in locations with some of the world’s best solar resources enable our clients to drive down cash operating costs with maximized throughput and reliability", says Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director at Juwi Australia.

Juwi has already achieved remarkable success for mining clients globally with the world’s first utility scale solar battery hybrid project at the DeGrussa Copper mine. This was followed by Agnew Gold in 2019 and another six utility scale hybrid projects currently under construction: Esperance, Sukari, Pan African Resources, Jacinth Ambrosia, Jabiru and Gruyere.

Source: IWR Online, 11 Aug 2021