Safari lodge in Namibia uses QINOUS energy storage solution.
The popular safari lodge Chobe Water Villas in Namibia is now producing its own solar power – using a QINOUS energy storage system.
The QCompact series Qinous storage supplies 105 kilowatts (kW) of power and 332 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity. The 150 KW photovoltaic plant was designed by Cronimet, which implemented the project in Namibia as engineering, procurement and construction provider (EPC).
The QINOUS storage system is integrated in a special container measuring just under ten cubic meters, which houses lithium-ion batteries, inverter, air conditioning and the fully automatic control system with remote maintenance option. QINOUS has developed this storage facility itself – as well as the energy management system, which enables optimum interaction between PV systems, diesel generators and storage devices.
The combined PV storage system is the largest of its kind in Namibia. The exclusive safari lodge, which previously produced its electricity only with diesel, is located in the Chobe district in the quadrangle of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana on the river Chobe, which forms the north-eastern border of the Chobe National Park.
Chobe Water Villas is the third luxury tourist resort worldwide that, while located in a remote area far away from any grid, is using a Qinous storage solution – thus significantly reducing diesel costs. The other two examples are the diving paradise Misool in Indonesia and the luxury hotel Tierra Atacama in the Chilean Atacama Desert. “Hotels are an enormously important customer segment for us that we absolutely want to expand further,” says Qinous Managing Director Steffen Heinrich and adds: “With Chobe Water Villas we can now refer to another great showcase project”.