Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced on Tuesday that they have won an order to supply Micro-Grid Energy Management System (μEMS) to Maldives.
Toshiba won the ‘Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development (POISED) Project’ from Nishizawa Limited, a Japanese general trading company. The system is set to launch in Hithadhoo, Addu Atoll, in 2020.
Currently, most of Maldives' power generation capacity is from diesel generators. The government is promoting the introduction of solar power systems to achieve a low carbon society and to reduce the fuel cost for power generation.
As part of the promotion, the government installed solar power systems in Hithadhoo in 2017. Since the island has an independent power grid, μEMS is necessary for Hithadhoo to operate solar power efficiently as it maintains a balance between the supply and demand of power.
The system, comprised of an energy management system and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), offers the ability to predict the amount of power demand and supply using weather forecastsm and assists in realising the optimal operation plan for diesel generators.
Controlling the output fluctuation of solar power systems with BESS can reduce emission of carbondioxide by reducing diesel generator fuel consumption.
Toshiba ESS’s BESS has adopted the Toshiba SCiB Rechargeable Battery, which boasts features including safety and long battery life.
TT Network Infrastructure Japan Corporation stated, after conducting a feasibility study, that the system would be economically suitable for Maldives.
“As a global leading supplier of integrated energy solutions, I’m confident that we will contribute to Maldives’s clean and stable power supply using knowledge cultivated in our long experience as the leader in supervisory control systems in the Japanese market and other countries”, said the Vice President of the Transmission and Distribution Systems Division at Toshiba ESS.
This is the first project using the fund of Joint Crediting Mechanisms, an initiative by the Ministry of Environment of Japan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries.
This is a part of the project POISED to promote hybrid system of solar power generation and diesel generation in Maldives. Project Poised is funded by Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM).
Toshiba ESS has a record of supplying μEMS for the Okinawa Electric Power Company, contributing to an efficient operation for diesel generators to increase use of renewable energy. The company has pledged to keep on contributing to create a low-carbon society through its high-quality systems and solutions.
Toshiba ESS is renowned for delivering micro grid system for a project in the state of New Mexico in the United States.