This PV & diesel hybrid power plant in Senegal (in the picture) will generate electricity to serve the needs of 140,000 people, according to Dhybrid. (Photo Credit: Dhybrid/Sunbeam Communications)
- Dhybrid has been contracted by France’s Omexom to develop solar PV with diesel hybrid systems and energy storage capacity in Senegal
- The 7 hybrid systems will have 2 MW capacity with 2 MWh of energy storage in remote location of Senegal
- These will be deployed in Saloum Islands and Thies in western Senegal and Tambakounda and Kolda in the east
- Part of the deal is for Dhybrid to supply containerized lithium-ion energy storage systems, automatic generator controllers and main electricity distribution panels
Germany based renewable and hybrid energy solutions provider Dhybrid will supply its PV-diesel hybrid systems to be installed in remote locations in Senegal. Total output of 2 MW along with 2 MWh of storage will be deployed as 7 hybrid systems in the African nation.
It is part of a €26.8 million ($30 million) investment, financed by the German bank KFW and Senegal’s national electricity company Senelec comprising hybrid sites and an additional 15 MW PV installation, explained Dhybrid.
French EPC company Omexom selected Dhybrid to deploy these systems in Senegal. All the systems will be spread over Saloum Islands and Thies in western Senegal and Tambakounda and Kolda in the east. These will generate enough power to cater to the electricity needs of 140,000 people.
Dhybrid will supply its proprietary universal power platform (UPP) which is an independent energy management system and SCADA solution to manage, control and monitor the interaction between diesel generators, PV inverter and energy storage system. The German company’s energy storage component will include containerized lithium-ion energy storage systems, automatic generator controllers and main electricity distribution panels.
According to the World Bank that’s helping Senegal expand solar PV capacity under its Scaling Solar programme, 56.5% population doesn’t have access to electricity here. Solar is then seen as an enabler that can provide both off-grid and on-grid solutions. In November 2018, Senelec signed PPA with Engie, Meridiam and Fonsis consortium for 60 MW solar capacity the trio won under Scaling Solar (see Engie Consortium Signs PPA For 60 MW in Senegal).