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PV-diesel hybrid project in North Africa gets underway

In North Africa, Egypt’s Red Sea region is soon to be home to a hybrid design that will lead to significant savings in costs associated with the purchase and transportation of diesel oil, and significant reductions in CO2 emissions.

Largest hybrid system for North Africa

Developed by Masdar, funded by the government of Abu Dhabi, it is said to be the largest PV-diesel hybrid power project in North Africa, according to China-based firm JA Solar Holdings Co.

Once the project reaches completion, it is expected to provide electricity for 25,800 households and reduce CO2 emissions by 42,700 tonnes annually.

The Shanghai-based solar product manufacturer, has provided 11MW of high-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for the project, which is said to provide power to the region’s tourism industry.

Hybrid solutions

The solar equipment manufacturer said that the project includes four power plants – Marsa Alam, Shalateen, Abu Ramad and Halayeb, which have a combined capacity of 14MW, combining existing diesel generators with new PV modules.

[quote]Mr Jian Xie, President of JA Solar, commented: “Because the project is located in the desert and will experience extreme climatic conditions, it has stringent requirements for highly reliable modules.

“Our winning bid demonstrates the high quality and reliability of our modules and the broad international recognition of our products.

“We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers through innovations in technology and improvements in product performance, while seizing opportunities to make a positive contribution to solving the world’s increasingly serious energy problems.”

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.