Indonesia-based Dive and Conservation Centre, Microgrid Solutions Provider and Smart Energy Storage Provider Will Create One of the Largest Hybrid Microgrids in the Region
RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA (Jan 23, 2017) – Misool Eco Resort, a resort and conservation centre located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, has awarded an implementation project contract to Singapore-based renewable energy microgrid service provider, Canopy Power Pte Ltd, and Berlin-based smart energy storage provider, QINOUS. This implementation will reduce annual diesel consumption by 55 percent by hybridizing the existing diesel microgrid with solar photovoltaic (PV) and Li-ion batteries. Once commissioned in Q2 2017, this will be one of the largest hybrid microgrids in Raja Ampat area.
The microgrid is designed by Canopy Power Pte Ltd. Canopy Power will be responsible for constructing and commissioning the system. Canopy Power will also provide a remote monitoring support to Misool Eco Resort. The battery solution including the Site Controller and Microgrid Energy Management System with embedded remote monitoring system for this off grid energy system will come from QINOUS.
“This project is an important next step towards our carbon-free future,” said Andrew Miners, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Misool Eco Resort. “The implementation of this hybrid system will significantly reduce our usage of fossil fuels and focuses firmly on environmental sustainability. Misool Eco Resort is located in an area of unparalleled natural beauty and marine biodiversity. Our operational decisions must reflect the value of these natural assets and this implementation will bolster our objective of protecting the world’s richest reefs.”
The resort’s electrical supply will be based on a 125 kW array of solar PV panels and diesel generators. A Lithium-ion energy storage system is used to store excess solar power for night-time use or in periods of low sunshine. The energy storage system is able to provide significant reductions in fuel consumption as it allows the diesel generators to be completely disabled for extended periods of time.
“We are very pleased to help Misool Eco Resort to substantially reduce their carbon footprint while cutting the overall electricity generation cost. We hope that this project will become a pioneering project in the region”, said Sujay Malve, CEO of Canopy Power.
“We are very happy to contribute our part in making Misool Eco Resort an even more environmentally sound place. It is a great project to demonstrate how the QINOUS battery solutions increase the use of renewable energies and thereby significantly reduce diesel fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, noise, pollution and electricity cost.”, said Dr. George Hanna, Managing Director of QINOUS.
About Misool Eco Resort
Misool Eco Resort is a world-class Resort and Conservation Centre located in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, in the heart of marine biodiversity. Since opening in 2006, the work of Misool has become synonymous with marine conservation and sustainable tourism. Built on the site of a former shark-finning camp, the resort creates transformative experiences in pristine nature.
Misool Eco Resort’s key achievements and awards:
- Establishment of a 300,000 acre Marine Protected Area in 2005
- Finalist: National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2016
- Silver Winner: World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016
- Winner: Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2016
About Canopy Power Pte Ltd
From the Singapore headquarters, Canopy Power serves customers throughout South East Asia and the Pacific who either have no mains electrical grid access, or access to only a weak electrical grid. Canopy Power designs, builds and finances optimized renewable energy microgrid solutions which enable customers to achieve substantial cost savings through reduced diesel fuel usage, while reducing pollution and CO2 emissions. Canopy Power’s customers include remote industries such as mining and plantation operations, island resorts, remote villages and communities, as well as island-based utility companies.
QINOUS supplies smart plug & play energy storage solutions (QINOUS ESS). Equipped with an integrated micro-grid and energy management system (MEMS), the QINOUS ESS is suited to both on-grid and off-grid applications in a range from thirty kilowatts to several megawatts. QINOUS addresses a main problem for storage systems within this power range: the availability of a fully integrated, cost competitive outdoor solution that is simple to install and to operate also in challenging environmental conditions.