Hybrid systems cut diesel use by 30pc

Himoinsa has cited the benefits of its hybrid systems versus diesel and photovoltaic power generation

01 March 2014

Himoinsa has highlighted its hybrid power generation systems can reduce diesel consumption by 30 per cent.

As well as its know-how in diesel and gas generation, Himoinsa boasts expertise in the design and start-up of power generation plants including hybrid projects, mainly for supplies that require a power range from 0.3 to 5 MW, where hybrid systems are very appealing from a financial standpoint.

Hybrid power generation systems leverage the benefits and eliminate the disadvantages of the various types of diesel and photovoltaic power generation. In such systems fuel consumption is lower and operational cost is less affected by the fluctuations that arise from fuel price volatility. Furthermore, CO2 emissions are also reduced and noise pollution decreases. Moreover, in the case of an oil-exporting country, there is also the gain made from exporting the unconsumed diesel.

“Himoinsa provides the expertise to design and start up hybrid generation plants at a time when the cost of photovoltaic elements is falling and the need to reduce air pollution in order to comply with legal requirements in some territories must be taken into account,” the company said.

Massimo Brotto, new business development manager at Himoinsa, says: “These projects involve the incorporation into diesel generation plants of photovoltaic equipment capable of providing around 30 per cent of nominal output, which can vary according to the project, geographical location and the cost of fuel.”  Himoinsa’s hybrid projects combine the two technologies via a control system that can manage the supply, completely guaranteeing the return. The quality of the system is measured by its capacity to reduce the operating costs of the diesel plant and to exploit natural resources using solar equipment.

The installation of three Himoinsa HTW 2030 T5 generators, each with 1,617 kW of power, provides a total output of 4.85 MW. In geographic areas such as Chile, with annual solar radiation of 2,312 kWh/m2, the customer can reduce diesel consumption by over 33 per cent. “These figures show that the hybridisation of diesel generator sets is profitable because the revenue generated exceeds the initial investment and the additional costs,” explains Brotto.

Himoinsa’s power solution engineering team warns that hybridisation processes are mainly appropriate for mining and agricultural sectors and remote hotel and industrial complexes that do not have a conventional electricity supply.

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