PWRstation EXOrac retractable technology selected by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refuge
PWRstation is pleased to announce the activation of a solar plant based on his EXOrac retractable technology, to supply electricity for a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp office located in Shimelba, Ethiopia.
The activation is part of an important UNHCR initiative aimed at reducing the organization’s operating expenses, upfront capital expenditures, human and material risk; as well as global carbon emissions produced from its use of diesel fuels. The Genesis activation complements UNHCR’s hybrid energy microgrid at Shimelba designed and built by Norway’s W. Giertsen Energy Solutions.
UNHCR Global Staff Accommodation Manager Harry Richard Leefe says, “Each year UNHCR spends millions in the field on diesel fuel and diesel generator maintenance. It is now essential to implement new and practical energy solutions to meet the needs of our extensive off-grid operations. We believe this new approach to solar power will deliver substantial benefits for us in the field.” He adds, “We will be enthusiastically evaluating the results of this important pilot and look forward to further projects that reduce UNHCR dependency on fossil fuels and reduces its carbon footprint.
PWRstation Chief Commercial Officer Gianfranco Albertella says, “as EXOrac technology can be preassembled-in-factory, the risk of missing parts upon delivery is reduced, we need less solar experts onsite, and we substantially reduce time to activate -- each vitally important factors particularly in remote off-grid environments.”
EXOractm. has been designed for transportability and instant activation, EXOractm uses open architecture designed to accommodate standard photovoltaic components from around the world, including solar modules, inverters and batteries.
Unlike standard solar installations, EXOrac requires no ground leveling or setting of a base foundation, which can take several days or weeks, depending on the size of a project.
"Unfolding of the preassembled solar units in Shimelba took less than ten minutes. Complete activation, including alignment, minor electrical connections, grounding and anchoring took a couple of hours", adds Gianfranco Albertella.
To meet the continent’s growing demand for increasingly powerful and easily accessible distributed energy, PWRstation works closely with Intergration Partners that develop fully integrated “containerized” solar genset with variable power outputs, as for example Schneider ELectic Villaya Emergency.
“Having just experienced working in the field, it’s easy to foresee the positive disruptive impact containerized solutions will have in off-grid environments for the likes of mining and construction, oil and gas, rural electrification and other major remote applications.” says Ludovic Roche, PWRstation’s Chief Business Development Officer.
With nearly half its total staff of 9,300 working in remote and difficult field locations, the UNHCR is addressing the challenges field staff experience when deployed on emergency missions or living and working in protracted humanitarian operations. These often include difficult living and working conditions, including lack of water, in-adequate accommodations, poor sanitary conditions and often unreliable and expensive sources of electricity to power routine appliances.