Siemens Provides Sustainable Energy for Galapagos Island
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After only ten months of planning and ten months of construction, the hybrid power plant installed by Siemens on the Galapagos island of Isabela was inaugurated. The aim of the project was to convert the current power generation structure, which is based on fossil fuels, to a hybrid system with several primary energy sources. The system is designed to run carbon-neutral with biofuel and solar energy and supplies almost 900 households on the by far largest Galapagos Island with electricity.
Siemens implemented a 952 kWp photovoltaic system, a battery storage system with an output of up to 660 kW and a generator power plant with a total output of 1625 kW. "We are proud to contribute to the protection of the Galapagos Islands with our climate-neutral technology," said John Kovach, head of Distributed Energy Systems at Siemens. "We have delivered the first local energy system of its kind, enabling our customer to achieve important long-term environmental goals." The system is remotely monitored by the Siemens-Mindsphere Application Centers in Munich and Austin, Texas, for effective on-site service. The contract for the project was awarded by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador (MEER). The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) supported the project financially and Lahmeyer International acted as project consultant. The plant is operated by the local energy supplier Elecgalapagos.