The system combines wind and solar energy to supply power for telecoms, navaids, bird deterrent systems, foghorns and other utilities. The inclusion of battery storage means the system will deliver reliable power during periods of no wind and darkness. It operates without the need for supervision, and as maintenance and inspection will be minimal, the system will reduce these overheads. The system has been tried and tested and shows a 4% opex cost against standard diesel generators.
Kingspan Wind is a global market leader in the design and manufacture of robust small wind turbines. The company’s KW3EX turbine was developed for use in the harsh environment of the North Sea, and has been successfully operating for more than 10 years on offshore un-manned oil/gas platforms in both the North Sea and in the Indian Ocean.
JCE Energy is an innovative division of The JCE Group, who are world leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of Zone 1, Zone 2 and safe area electrical control systems. JCE Energy specialises in control systems for use with renewable energy sources in safe and hazardous areas. Using their in-depth knowledge and expertise they offer clients a turnkey solution from inception, to completion.
Richard Caldow, Kingspan Wind’s General Manager, says, “This was an innovative project which showed both the versatility of alternative energy technologies and their effective use in hazardous areas. We collaborated highly effectively with JCE Energy to complete the project on budget within a tight schedule - we are now looking forward to continuing our partnership on future projects.”