A new solar-plus-storage project at Sukari goldmine in Egypt, which includes, in particular, the construction of a 36MW off-grid solar PV system with bifacial modules and single-axis tracking paired with 7.5MW of battery storage system, is set to reduce diesel consumption at the site by about 20 million to 22 million liters per year.
The goldmine is operated by Centamin plc, a gold mining company focused on the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Centamin selected juwi Inc., a single-source developer, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor and operator, to undertake the development and EPC works for the solar-plus-storage project at Sukari goldmine in Egypt.
Supplier of inverters and battery energy storage system (BESS) equipment
Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (“Sungrow”), the world’s most bankable inverter brand was selected to supply inverters and battery energy storage system (BESS) equipment for the said project.
According to the Chinese company, its 1,500V 6.25MW PV inverter solution will be used along with its integrated energy storage system (ESS) with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.
“The environment surrounding the solar-plus-storage project at Sukari goldmine in Egypt, especially the scorching heat as well as corrosion from the sea air pose challenges for power equipment.
Our smart forced air-cooling technology and anti-corrosion capability will enable the storage system and inverters to function stably without derating in such harsh conditions,” said Sungrow adding that the systems are also designed to maximize yields from bifacial PV modules.
The Sungrow systems will be based on turnkey designs that the company claimed will enable efficient transportation, installation, and O&M.
Commissioning of the solar-plus-storage project at Sukari goldmine in Egypt
Scheduled for commissioning in the first half of next year, the integrated energy solution is designed to drastically reduce the use of diesel at the site by more than 20 million liters per year, improving its environmental footprint as well as its exposure to fuel price volatility and high transport costs.