A world first. Specialized Solar Systems completed its first installation of a sub-centralized solar energy power station in conjunction with an innovative client in Cape Town, Zonke Energy.
The installation was done on the outskirts of Cape Town in the suburb called Jabula where grid-power is not available. It consisted of a sub-centralized solar energy station which is a central-based solar energy producing unit that will further supply remotely managed DC solar energy from a central point that will then branch out to further 9-11 households.
Specialized Solar Systems is involved as the primary supplier of DC micro-grids for the iShack Project that is providing mass renewable energy electricity, on a pay-for-use basis, to residents of an informal settlement in Stellenbosch (Enkanini), South Africa using only solar energy. The off-grid system that is supplied, the SS20 DC Micro-grid baseline smartbox, uses advanced technologies to build in remote management and is produced by Specialized Solar Systems. Basically, the end-users (customers) of these off-grid DC micro-grid energy producing systems, are allocated payment packages for energy usage. This is all managed remotely by Specialized Solar Systems web-based management platform, SSS-EPOWER, which is an advanced remote energy management utility that has proven to be a very effective tool in off-grid energy management (more to come on SSS-EPOWER).
A Specialized Solar Systems presentation to show the various functions available on the SSS-EPOWER.
SSS-EPOWER is Specialized Solar Systems web-based, utility-type DC metered solar system, end-user, and vendor integrated solar management solution platform. A world first, the platform is now used extensively in many off-grid solar electrification projects where remote system management and on the ground management rely on its real-time online information and billing automation for their clients and allows for comprehensive system solar system management. The platform provides many features such as automated billing and switching and is used to manage intelligent off-grid DC Microgrids with metering.
The solar technologies supplied by Specialized Solar Systems for the Kheis Project include:
Smart solar energy producing DC micro-grids with remote managed hardware – SS20DC75 Managed.
Efficient DC appliances powered by the DC micro-grid systems.
Online Off-Grid Energy Management Utility with remote switching, payment facilitation, vendor management, solar system and end-user management services – SSS-EPOWER.
Using DC (direct current) technologies, rather than the more traditional AC (alternating current) ones, Specialized Solar Systems has been able to develop off-grid solar systems that are easy to install, safe to use in shacks (no open flames), made to the highest safety design specifications and are remotely manageable.
The second and final stage of the first Jabula sub-centralized off-grid solar energy power station is now complete. This stage included six additional houses that were completely retrofitted for the supply of much-needed electrical energy. Our CEO, Jonathan Hodgson was personally on site to assist with the challenge of laying the overhead DC cabling to each house and the complexities due to the informal building site layout and structures – all done using poles and wired from the source installed street light (1).
Specialized Solar Systems, Kheis Municipality, Red Flow Advance Energy Storage and Peer Africa officially launched the competition for the 1st phase of a powerful Hybrid Solar PV Water Treatment Works backup power supply micro-grid energy solution in Groblershoop, South Africa.
A ‘groundbreaking’ first – the auspicious occasion was attended by municipality officials, company representatives, solar energy enthusiasts and many locals.
The Hybrid Solar PV system used for this pilot project is currently in its first phase of supplying solar generated energy to power the water pumping equipment for the Water Treatment Works (WTW) using the revolutionary Redflow Flow Battery System for energy storage.
The occasion was met with keen interest from other African countries, mines, shopping centers, etc as the contained micro-grid unit is quick to setup, powerful and has a multitude of practical applications.
Specialized Solar Systems has an additional 500 DC Micro-grids systems (SS20-75DC) in the area that efficiently supply’s solar energy in the houses of locals where grid power is not available.
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