JUWI commissions world’s largest solar hybrid project at Egyptian mine site
The hybrid System consists of a 36 MW solar farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system that have been integrated into the existing diesel power station.
© JUWI GmbH- System consists of a 36 MW solar farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system that have been integrated into the existing diesel power station
- Savings of up to 70,000 liters of diesel per day and averaging a reduction in diesel consumption of 22 million liters per annum
Sukari/London/Wörrstadt (renewablepress) - While the international community is still looking for solutions against the climate crisis at the COP27 conference in Egypt, the international project developer JUWI is in final stages of commissioning the world’s largest solar hybrid project at Centamin’s Sukari Gold Mine, some 400 kilometers south of the conference venue Sharm El-Sheikh. The energy system consists of a 36 MW solar farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system that have been integrated into the existing diesel power station. The system demonstrates the key role of renewable energies in decarbonizing the resource sector and already delivers savings ahead of expectations.
The solar system designed by JUWI has maximized the generation with bifacial solar PV modules and a single axis tracking system, taking advantage of the high irradiance on site. JUWI Hybrid IQ micro-grid technology enables the integration of the solar and battery system into the existing off-grid network and supports the operation of the existing power station.
The benefits of the hybrid power solution at Sukari include:
• Reduction in exposure to volatile fuel pricing with commissioning savings of up to 70,000 liters of diesel per day and averaging a reduction in diesel consumption of 22 million liters per annum
• Lowering carbon emissions by an estimated 60,000 tCO2- per annum and a subsequent reduction in the volume of diesel trucked to the site
• Reduction in operating costs
Stephan Hansen, COO and Managing Director of JUWI, comments: “The world’s eyes are now on Egypt and the outcome of the COP27 summit. We are delighted to have been able to deliver this flagship project to Centamin and, furthermore, to have been able to demonstrate the vital role that dependable solar, wind and battery solutions can already play in the transformation of the resource sector on the de-carbonization pathway.”
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 in Australia. This was followed by Agnew Gold (Australia) in 2019 and another six hybrid projects in Australia and Africa for tier 1 and mid tier miners: Esperance, Pan African Resources, Jacinth Ambrosia, Jabiru, Weipa and Gruyere. With Sukari, juwi will provide a new benchmark of power systems for mines in Africa and internationally.
About the JUWI Group
The JUWI Group has been one of the leading specialists for renewable energies for more than 25 years and offers complete project development as well as other services related to the planning, construction, and operational management of renewable energy plants. Its business areas primarily include projects with wind and solar energy as well as hybrid systems with storage for industrial applications.
The company belongs to Mannheim-based MVV Energie AG, one of the largest municipal energy suppliers in Germany. JUWI has its headquarters in Wörrstadt near Mainz and further locations in Hanover, Brandis (Saxony), Melle/Osnabrück, Stuttgart, Bochum and in Franconia. In the summer of 2022, Windwärts Energie GmbH was merged into juwi AG, which subsequently changed its legal form to JUWI GmbH. JUWI was founded in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1996, Windwärts in Lower Saxony in 1994.
Worldwide, JUWI employs more than 1,100 people and is present with projects on all continents. Outside Germany, there are branches in Italy, Greece, South Africa, the USA, Japan, Australia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.
To date, JUWI has implemented more than 1,200 wind turbines with a capacity of more than 2,800 megawatts at around 200 locations worldwide in the wind segment; in the solar segment, there are around 1,850 PV plants with a total capacity of around 3,250 megawatts. JUWI's operations management services wind energy and photovoltaic plants with a capacity of more than 4,100 megawatts. JUWI has initiated a total investment volume of more than ten billion euros for the realization of energy projects.
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Caption: The hybrid System consists of a 36 MW solar farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system that have been integrated into the existing diesel power station.
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Sukari/London/Wörrstadt, 17 November 2022
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