Cat dealer, Barloworld in conjunction with Caterpillar is set to supply supply engineering, procurement and construction services to the 7MW solar power plant at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia; this is according to Gold producer B2Gold who did the appointment.
Currently, the system installation is under way and completion is set for early 2018. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will help reduce reliance on a heavy fuel oil power plant which currently powers the mining facility.
“As one of the largest solar installations in Namibia, the facility will help us to leverage a plentiful, renewable resource. While at the same time improving the quality of life for nearby communities,” B2Gold Namibia MD and country manager Mark Dawe said in a statement.
The solar PV system
Their solar PV system is powered by advanced thin-film solar modules that have improved performance over conventional silicon solar panels.
Moreover, it offers reliable and predictable energy in all climates and applications. It does this with modules that are independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards.
Caterpillar’s solar PV offering is a key component of the Cat Microgrid technology suite. It is an innovative line-up of power systems that adds environment-friendly solar panels, energy storage and advanced monitoring and control systems.
It adds to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including heavy fuel oil, natural gas and diesel generator sets, switchgear and automatic transfer switches.
The Cat Microgrid technology
The Cat Microgrid technology suite helps reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership. It additionally increases energy efficiency in challenging environments.
The Cat MMC keeps loads continuously energised with high-quality power at the lowest cost. Also, it manages the flow of power from every source in the system, including the main grid when connected.
The MMC also uses Cat Connect technology for real-time collection and communication of on-site performance data. This can however be monitored and analysed remotely.
In summary, Barloworld is a distributor of leading global brands, providing integrated rental, fleet management, product support and logistics solutions.