WORLD FIRST TO TAKE REFUGEE CAMP OFF-GRID WITH ENERGY STORAGE AND SOLAR
INCHARGE POWER a business of INRADA GROUP out of the NETHERLANDS are the first company in the world to take a Refugee Camp off-grid. Providing independence from the grid utility provider and reducing dependency on costly, maintenance intensive, dirty, noisy generators.
The system powers the most recognized Refugee Camp in the world, Camp Kara Tepe on the Island of Lesvos Greece. The Camp has received visits from high profile individuals such as the Pope, Angelina Jolie, the Princess of Jordan and George Cloonie.
InCharge’s PowerScout system is a complete flat pack modular kit that is easy to transport, simple, quick and easy to install in under 8 hrs and provides much needed power to the 1,000 residents of the camp. The system utilizes solar power during the day and stores the excess energy produced through their PowerScout power management system and into their unique PowerSafe crystal energy storage modules (the greenest, safest alternative to Lithium ion and Acid battery technology “99% recyclable” with high performance under high and low temperatures).
The government of Greece and Lesvos Mayor agreed to install the “POC” proof of concept system earlier this year. Following the successful operation of the system the decision was taken to be the first camp in the world to take it completely off-grid. The PowerScout system requires no maintenance and will auto-restart itself if the system runs completely empty, meaning it requires no manual intervention like other systems.
Combined the systems produce 24,000Wh on solar energy and store a total of 96,000wH, the system produces enough excess energy to provide residents power for lights, fans and phone charging throughout the night, and enough backup power to support emergency crisis situations as and when needed.
INRADA GROUP VP Andy Elwell said the landmark project is the perfect stimulant to show that current technology can provide off-grid generator replacement which is cost effective and maintenance free. Systems can be immediately adopted by all agencies who operate across the world in remote camp environments, they are safe, simple, easy to install and modular, meaning they can be upgraded without modification to the existing installation as and when needed should more power be required.
“Having the knowledge of how solar PV and battery storage technologies best work together is a crucial breakthrough and key to renewable off-grid system application adoption. Inrada and InCharge engineers are leading the way in providing flexible, custom build solutions that fit any given application” Mr. Elwell said.
“We know that battery storage will play a critical role in our future energy systems and alternative battery technologies are required to replace the unsafe, hazardous lithium and acid batteries. The benefit of adding crystal batteries is simple; they are safe, they store energy from the sun faster, and operate fantastically well under elevated heat conditions, whereas acid batteries lose up to 50% of their expected life with every 7 degC (44degF) increase over 25DegC (77degF).”
“These installed systems generate and store enough renewable energy to provide power to over 1,000 residents and utilize the skills of the refugees on the camp for the installation, giving them a sense of involvement. The PowerScout system is anticipated to deliver power for the expected lifetime of the camp”.
“The global energy transition is happening faster than many anticipated and InCharge is well placed to be a key player. Our growing expertise in integrating renewables and battery technologies readily translates into economic opportunities including export into world markets, this truly brings our mission and tagline to life; energy, all the time, everywhere – democratizing energy and creating energy equality to all people”.
“Our systems require no infrastructure, they operate completely stand alone, you could call it a remote energy island, drop ship the kit into any environment anywhere and within 8hrs you are completely power self-sufficient, no grid tie challenges, now network constraints, no long distance power line infrastructure. The return on investment for our system vs. the use of generators is almost unbelievable, when calculating the total cost of ownership of a generator which requires up front capex, maintenance and downtime costs, fuel/oil delivery/transport costs and spare parts the “TCO” total costs of ownership reaches into the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands in savings to replace one single generator and the “ROI” return on investment in some cases is as little as three (3) months”.
Mr. Elwell said INCHARGE had worked closely with Dutch Foundation Movement on the Ground to identify the energy needs of the camp and potential solutions to provide off-grid power.
“Movement on the Ground is a real stand out foundation that goes above and beyond the typical aid support groups, the founders which include Dutch TV personality Johnny de Mol are committed to providing support across all required elements from food supply to support services,” Mr. Elwell said.
The project was completed on 19th September 2016.