Plug and play

SOLAR energy generation and storage solution provider Conergy has launched a new plug and play supply and storage system designed for remote locations that promises to reduce reliance on diesel generators by up to 70%.

Jacqueline Ong

The purpose-built Conergy Hybrid Energy Storage System (CHESS) is housed in easily transportable standard shipping containers with scalable power output in 100kW increments continuing upward depending on site requirements.

The fully expandable plug and play system is designed to seamlessly integrate solar energy into existing power supplies of mine sites, production and accommodation facilities, as well as hospitality, recreational, processing and community developments operating in remote off-grid or on-grid locations.

Drawing on Conergy’s global expertise in delivering large-scale solar energy projects totalling nearly 1GW, CHESS has been designed to deliver stable 24-hour, seven-day-a-week power supply to any remote or grid-connected location.

“Solar energy generation is now no longer limited to only providing energy while the sun shines. Our CHESS system is a proven reality, purpose-designed to function efficiently either independently or working in tandem with an existing power infrastructure, providing power even when the sun isn’t shining," Conergy Australia managing director David McCallum said.

“CHESS provides a reliable, uninterrupted power supply that will facilitate many companies’ transition from diesel to renewable solar energy.

“This outstanding breakthrough source of solar energy supply and storage, integrated into the overall power supply of a site will dramatically reduce operating costs as well as insulate businesses against the future volatility of long-term fuel prices.”

CHESS has remote control and system monitoring functions that can also be integrated into an existing SCADA system. These capabilities provide benefits to remote communities that may not have easy access to specialist operating technicians.

CHESS capacity can be extended by connecting containers in parallel on the AC side to the required power output size and additional battery containers are available to extend the storage to any required capacity.

The system also features control hardware specifically designed for off-grid applications and it can be operated as a stand-alone islanding application or as part of a diesel grid solution.

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